A Remedy Off the Rack?

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'The polypill is potentially one of the most exciting advances we have seen for a long time.'—Anushka Patel, The George Institute, Sydney

Often, whether it's swinging a five-iron or making a speech, the best results come from letting go a little, lowering the bar just a touch. But could that principle extend to doctors treating patients? "At medical school, I was taught to aim for perfection," says Anthony Rodgers, director of the clinical trials research unit at the University of Auckland. But now Rodgers and others are preparing to show that, when it comes to preventing heart attack and stroke, the way forward for doctors may be to fuss less over drugs and dosages and instead prescribe, for everyone, a single, multi-function pill.

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