Call for statins on private prescription

February 2004
GP: General Practitioner;2/16/2004, p5
The Great Britain government should allow general practitioners (GPs) to prescribe statins privately to their own patients rather than making the drugs available over-the-counter (OTC), researchers from the University of East Anglia, England have argued. Co-author of the research and GP at the University of East Anglia Health Centre Nick Raithatha said that this option, while requiring a change in the law, would be better than making statins available OTC, because ongoing care would remain the GP's responsibility. The researchers estimate this would cost pounds 93.66 per year, making statins 'quite affordable' for those on average earnings.


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