Return to a failed policy? Doctors slam proposed PPI restrictions

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Repeat PPI scripts for gastro-oesphageal reflux disease should be restricted to the lowest doses unless the condition is confirmed by endoscopy, says the PBAC.

The restrictions are intended to curb long-term use of high-dose PPIs, which is associated with an increased risk of morbidity, according to PBAC proposals.

But GPs and gastroenterologists have slammed the plan, saying it is unnecessary and a return to a “failed policy” of 24 years ago.

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