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2.  Use of statins 
BMJ : British Medical Journal  1998;317(7156):473.
PMCID: PMC1113724  PMID: 9703541
5.  Hospital doctors' work. 
BMJ : British Medical Journal  1995;310(6985):952-953.
PMCID: PMC2549352  PMID: 7728018
13.  Dietary reduction of serum cholesterol concentration: time to think again. 
BMJ : British Medical Journal  1991;303(6808):953-957.
OBJECTIVE--To evaluate the long term efficacy of diets in lowering serum cholesterol concentration. DESIGN--Descriptive overview of 16 published controlled trials of six months' duration or longer. SETTING--Trials had been conducted in hospital clinics (6), industry (3), mental hospitals or institutions (3), and in general populations (4). PATIENTS--Trials had been conducted in high risk subjects (5), in unselected healthy subjects (6), or for secondary prevention in patients with coronary heart disease (5). Women were included in only four trials. INTERVENTIONS--Diets equivalent to the step 1 diet were employed in eight trials, with individual intervention by dietitians (3) or occupational physicians (2) or with population advice (3). Intensive diets which were more rigorous than the step 2 diet were employed in eight trials. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES--Net change in serum total cholesterol concentration in subjects receiving treatment with diet compared with values in control subjects after six months to 10 years. RESULTS--In five trials with the step 1 diet as individual intervention the net reduction in serum cholesterol concentration ranged from 0% to 4.0% over six months to six years. In trials with population education reductions in cholesterol concentrations were 0.6-2.0% over five to 10 years. When population and individual dietary advice were combined changes in cholesterol concentration ranged from a fall of 2.1% to a rise of 1.0% over four to 10 years. Diets more intensive than the step 2 diet reduced serum cholesterol concentration by 13% over five years in selected high risk men in the population; by 6.5-15.1% over two to five years in hospital outpatients; and by 12.8-15.5% over one to four and a half years in patients in institutions. CONCLUSIONS--The response to a step 1 diet is too small to have any value in the clinical management of adults with serum cholesterol concentrations above 6.5 mmol/l. Current guidelines recommend screening of serum cholesterol concentration in healthy subjects, followed by treatment with a step 1 diet. The guidelines should be reviewed to provide a more realistic estimate of the effect of a step 1 diet and of the likely need for lipid lowering drugs.
PMCID: PMC1671346  PMID: 1954418
15.  Role of community pharmacies in prevention of AIDS among injecting drug misusers: findings of a survey in England and Wales. 
BMJ : British Medical Journal  1989;299(6707):1076-1079.
OBJECTIVE--To determine the current and potential roles of community pharmacists in the prevention of AIDS among misusers of injected drugs. DESIGN--Cross sectional postal survey of a one in four random sample of registered pharmacies in England and Wales. SETTING--Project conducted in the addiction research unit of the Institute of Psychiatry, London. SUBJECTS--2469 Community pharmacies in the 15 regional health authorities in England and Wales. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES--Willingness of pharmacists to sell injecting equipment to known or suspected misusers of drugs; pharmacists' attitudes to syringe exchange schemes, keeping a "sharps" box for use by misusers of drugs, and offering face to face advice and leaflets; and opinions of community pharmacists on their role in AIDS prevention and drug misuse. RESULTS--1946 Questionnaires were returned, representing a response rate of 79%. This fell short of the target of one in four pharmacies in each family practitioner committee area in England and Wales, and total numbers of respondents were therefore weighted in inverse proportion to the response rate in each area. The findings disclosed a substantial demand for injecting equipment by drug misusers. After weighting of numbers of respondents an estimated 676 of 2434 pharmacies were currently selling injecting equipment and 65 of 2415 (3%) were participating in local syringe exchange schemes; only 94 of 2410 pharmacies (4%) had a sharps box for used equipment. There was a high degree of concern among pharmacists about particular consequences of drug misusers visiting their premises, along with a widespread acceptance that the community pharmacist had an important part to play. CONCLUSIONS--Promoting the participation of community pharmacists in the prevention of AIDS among misusers of injected drugs is a viable policy, but several problems would need to be overcome before it was implemented.
PMCID: PMC1837978  PMID: 2511969

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