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Drugs for the people

The NHS won't be able to stop us getting hold of the "lifestyle" drugs we want

By Rita Carter   April 2000

Medicinal drugs are among the most important commodities we have-our very lives often depend on them. Yet we have less control over whether we get them, less say in which ones we are allowed, and less knowledge about them than about almost anything else we consume. In Britain, we are not allowed to see advertisements for prescription drugs in case we start pestering for them, and we meekly accept that we may only take what the experts say we should take.

We rationalise this attitude by pointing out the risks associated with pharmaceutical products. Yet in most cases drugs are…

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