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Publication type: Journal Article

Scott HV, Ketelbey JW.
Lederfen-F GP trial.
N Z Med J 1989 Jun 14; 102:(869):299-300


In an open noncomparative trial patients with painful inflammation of the musculoskeletal system found Lederfen-F is equivalent to other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs for symptomatic relief and acceptability.

*letter to the editor/*noncomparative trial/New Zealand/Lederle/arthritis/drug company sponsored research/NSAID/ nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs/PROMOTION DISGUISED: CLINICAL TRIALS Adolescent Adult Aged Aged, 80 and over Anti-Inflammatory Agents, Non-Steroidal/therapeutic use* Arthritis/drug therapy Bone Diseases/drug therapy Child Female Gout/drug therapy Humans Male Middle Aged Muscular Diseases/drug therapy Phenylbutyrates/therapeutic use*


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Far too large a section of the treatment of disease is to-day controlled by the big manufacturing pharmacists, who have enslaved us in a plausible pseudo-science...
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- William Osler 1909