4 e-Letters

published between 2010 and 2013

  • GPs 'wasting millions of pounds' prescribing gluten free foods
    John R. Davies

    The February issue of the Drugs and Therepeutics Bulletin, a BMJ journal,has an editorial entitled "Prescribing foods?". I regret that despite my forty years of BMA membership and BMJ readership, I can only read an abstract, as I am considered a 'non-subscriber': http://dtb.bmj.com/content/51/2/13.extract

    So I must also link to a Daily Telegraph article. It is by the DT's Medical Correspondent, who I can ass...

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  • Prescribing perfectly
    Robert M Ulmann

    DTB Vol. 50, No. 9, September 2012 - Prescribing perfectly

    In your leading article on this subject you ask reactions. As a retired pharmacist with a long standing experience in community pharmacy I recommend the following:

    There is no perfect prescribing as long as this is left to humans. Computers may be of help but their output is as good as their input may be. Humans are never perfect, even doctors a...

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  • Neuropathic pain and pregabalin
    Barbara Pawulska

    The recent DTB update on the drug treatment of neuropathic pain. Part 2: antiepileptics and other drugs (DTB 2012;50:126-129) is a welcome summary of prescribing, and a reminder of the poor quality of the evidence behind the guidance.

    However, it may be prudent to add a warning about pregabalin.

    The Summary of Product Characteristics (SPC)(1) states: Cases of abuse have been reported. Caution should b...

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  • Mole checks on the high street
    Jonathan C Bowling

    Dear Sir,

    As a dermatologist involved in skin cancer management I read with interest your article on mole checks on the high street and the concerns raised by the All Party Parliamentary Group on Skin (APPGS). I gave evidence to the APPGS and shared their concerns regarding the lack of training in skin cancer diagnosis, for staff performing the clinical examination in such clinics. The high street mole screeni...

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