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Healthy Skepticism Library item: 3948

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Publication type: Journal Article

Heery PJ.
What influences prescribing--scientific articles or promotional pressure?
Med J Aust 1989 Mar 6; 150:(5):282,


Abstract:

The attack by Harvey on the safety of co-trimoxazole is unwarranted and he selectively quotes from studies on the topic. Except for one, all the complaints about its promotion have come from Harvey and contrary to what he said, promotion for the product has not been large.

Keywords:
*letter to the editor/Australia/Burroughs Wellcome/industry perspective/co-trimoxazole/safety & risk information/INFLUENCE OF PROMOTION: PRESCRIBING, DRUG USE Advertising/standards* Drug Combinations/adverse effects Humans Prescriptions, Drug* Sulfamethoxazole/adverse effects* Trimethoprim/adverse effects* Trimethoprim-Sulfamethoxazole Combination

 

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