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  1. James A Cave1,
  2. David Phizackerley2
  1. 1 The Downland Practice, Berkshire, UK
  2. 2 DTB, BMJ Journals, London, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr James A Cave; jcave{at}

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In April 2022, the Drug and Therapeutics Bulletin celebrated 60 years of publishing independent information on the harms and benefits of medicines and other therapeutic interventions.1 It was originally called the British edition of THE MEDICAL LETTER a non-profit-making publication on Drugs and Therapeutics and articles were based on those published in the US publication, The Medical Letter, with a few tweaks for UK readers.2 Independence from the USA came in May 1963 with publication of the first issue under a new and much shorter name of Drug and Therapeutics Bulletin, which contained articles commissioned for UK readers and written by authors based in the UK.3 This first issue featured articles on metronidazole for trichomoniasis, oral contraceptives and thromboembolic disease, and photosensitivity reactions to drugs. Over time, the Drug and Therapeutics Bulletin ‘helped …

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