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The suggestion that the dramatic recent reduction in NSAID prescribing represents a crisis (News, April 16) may be correct if you are talking about the pharmaceutical industry. For our profession it should be a matter for collective self-congratulation.

NSAID side-effects and toxicity necessitate thousands of admissions and cause many deaths every year. Some of the prescribing is inappropriate.

Obtaining written informed consent for injecting a tennis elbow can be a tiresome burden these days. Why not extend this necessary practice to the far more dangerous procedure of prescribing NSAIDs? The effects might be interesting.

Dr Noel Thomas

Maesteg, Glamorgan

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