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Drug data changed

17th March 2006

A US study by the University of North Texas Health Science Center, Fort Worth, found that three out of twenty brochures distributed to family doctors by drug companies exaggerated the benefit of treatments.

Doctors in five of the centre’s family medicine clinics collected the promotional brochures they received from drug companies. Twenty brochures, which represented 20 different drugs, were collected from October to December 2004.

Reviewers then compared the content of each brochure with the data presented in the original studies on which the claims were made. The study concluded that doctors should check the data before making changes to their prescribing.

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