Pharmacy coeliac testing ‘dangerous’

The validity of a new screening test for coeliac disease in pharmacies is questionable, and could lead to missed or incorrect diagnoses, the AMA says.

In an opinion article published in the Sydney Morning Herald, Dr Saxon Smith, NSW AMA president, said the validity of the Simtomax coeliac in-pharmacy screening test had not been proven as a true population screening tool, and required further research.

Dr Smith, who has coeliac disease, noted that studies carried out by the manufacturers of the testing kit showed that while the test had some success in identifying those who

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