If a surgeon can be flummoxed in a pharmacy, what chance do patients have?

The 'coke and fries' approach in pharmacies is worrying

My husband, a surgeon, was recently tasked with picking up some antibiotics for our three-year-old.

When he returned from the pharmacy, the paper bag in his hands was suspiciously large.

Out came a small packet of generic amoxicillin — followed by a large brown (and thus, of course, more ‘natural’) bottle of children’s probiotics.

“So do these actually work?”

Evidently, his finely tuned, evidence-based brain had been guilted into buying a product without any idea about its contents or efficacy. (Though given the

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