3 e-Letters

published between 2011 and 2014

  • 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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