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Letter to the Editor

Editor, – I read the letter by JF Walsh on bisphosphonates and osteonecrosis with interest (Aust Prescr 2010;33:167-70). Surely it is up to the treating clinician (for example the dental practitioner) to establish which medication a patient is on and assess their relative risks. Patients get overwhelmed with the list of potential side effects we inform them of. They quite rightly remember the common ones. A good drug history takes no time at all and dental practitioners should have this basic skill.

Andy Ryan
General practitioner
Seaford, SA