10th November 2017, Volume 130 Number 1465

Helen Lunt, Ben Hudson

Metformin has been used in the treatment of type 2 diabetes for 60 years.1 Past fashions in prescribing have seen metformin come in to and go out of favour. Metformin…

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Helen Lunt, Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Medicine, University of Otago, Christchurch, Physician, Diabetes Centre, Canterbury District Health Board, Christchurch;
Ben Hudson, Senior Lecturer, Department of General Practice, University of Otago, Christchurch, General Practitioner, Lyttelton Health Centre, Lyttelton. 


Helen Lunt, Diabetes Physician, Diabetes Centre, 550 Hagely Ave, Christchurch 8011.

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