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The Perils of Proton Pump Inhibitors: Part 1.

By Robyn Chuter

Rampant overprescription of PPIs continues, despite attempts to rein it in. This 3 part miniseries takes a close look at one of the biggest blockbuster drugs of all time.

Proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) are a class of medicines that include Nexium, Somac, Pariet, Prilosec, Maxor and Prevacid, and many generics. These drugs, which drastically reduce the secretion of hydrochloric acid by the stomach, are among the best-selling pharmaceuticals of all time. Australians are enthusiastic participants in the global acid-suppressing pill-popping party:

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