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RCGP response to BMJ study on heart attacks and painkillers

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RCGP response to BMJ study on heart attacks and painkillers

Professor Helen Stokes-Lampard, chair of the RCGP, has responded to a study published in the BMJ on the link between painkillers and increased risk of heart attacks among patients.

our teams are keen to do what we can to alleviate this and allow patients in pain to have the best possible quality of life.

“This study builds on research highlighting the risks involved in using NSAIDs, such as ibuprofen, to treat pain – and it’s important that as new research is published, it is taken on board to inform the clinical guidelines that support our work. This study should also raise awareness amongst patients who self-medicate with NSAIDs that are available over the counter, to treat their pain.”