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Seven days in medicine: 4-10 July 2018

BMJ 2018; 362 doi: (Published 12 July 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;362:k3027

NHS at 70

Artwork at BMA House marks NHS’s 70th anniversary

The amount the NHS spends on supporting us as patients throughout our lives is visualised in an interactive art installation at the BMA’s headquarters in London. The Long Run, a 9 m series of marble runs, is made up of medicine cabinets filled with test tubes, syringes, and surgical gloves, with urine bottles at the end to catch the marbles. Each cabinet represents an age group, and the length of time the marbles run is proportional to the average NHS spend for that age group. The installation, by artists working out of Goldsmiths, University of London, will be in place until 3 August.

Drug withdrawal

MHRA recalls blood pressure drug valsartan

The Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency withdrew the blood pressure drug valsartan after an investigation suggested that supplies from a facility in China were contaminated with an impurity that can cause cancer. All batches of medicines containing valsartan that were made by Dexcel Pharma and Accord Healthcare (previously known as Actavis Group) are being recalled as a precaution while the products are reviewed. The agency said that people taking medicines affected by this recall …

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