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Letters Crisis in the supply of medicines

Changes in prescribing during drug shortages could increase harm to patients

BMJ 2019; 367 doi: (Published 09 December 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;367:l6868
  1. Anthony R Cox, senior lecturer in clinical pharmacy and drug safety
  1. School of Pharmacy, Institute of Clinical Sciences, College of Medical and Dental Sciences, Sir Robert Aitken Institute for Medical Research, University of Birmingham, Birmingham B15 2TT, UK
  1. a.r.cox{at}

Ferner and colleagues discuss current drug shortages in the UK and worldwide, noting that “sometimes alternatives will be identifiable, but there will often be therapeutic and financial costs.”1 Naproxen is a good example …

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