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Is the whole world going target mad?

Everyone is chanting target mantras these days – politicians simply adore them and we are reminded time and again by our PCT that we must achieve them.

Even the pharmaceutical companies are talking about them. During a free lunch or an evening meeting we are told it is their antidiabetic or antihypertensive drug that will help achieve our targets. Cholesterol targets can only be met by a particular statin, the only one proven to achieve the target level.

The word target has spread like a plague. One of my patients attended the surgery this morning after finding his cholesterol level was 5.2.

'What are you going to do, doctor?' he asked. 'My cholesterol is not below the target level. I know all about the target levels as I keep myself up to date by reading health magazines.' I wonder which magazines patients are reading these days?

Dr Anita Sharma


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