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GPs urged to review PPI scripts

27th February 2009

Doctors have been urged to review PPI prescriptions in all patients after a new study found the drugs could raise the risk of Clostridium difficile infection by as much as three-fold.

After a study of 254 patients admitted to a London gastroenterology department, researchers warned there was growing concern over the complications from PPI use, which could also include community-acquired pneumonia, hip fractures and osteoporosis. It comes as figures show that the number of PPIs dispensed in primary care rose by 12.9% in the year to September 2007.

 

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Title: GPs urged to review PPI scripts
Author: Mark Nicholls
Article Id: 10394
Date Added: 27th Feb 2009

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