Posted by: Connie Pringle6 OCT 2012
If you had £9000 going spare, what would you do with it?
For me, perhaps I'd book the holiday of a lifetime, or buy a nearly new first car. If I was a fresh-faced future pharmacy student, or wanted to go back to uni for a career change completely, it would just about cover the fees for my first year. When you think about it like that, 9 grand dosen't go that far. However, heading on for half of an average pre-registration trainee pharmacist salary, this is a fair sum.
With nine thousand pounds, you could self-select 2855 packs of Ranitidine 75mg, 2116 packs of Gaviscon Double Action Mint, or 1854 packs of Rennie Peppermint. Or, rightly or wrongly (I propose the latter) you could obtain a helpful combination of these products on a 3 for 2 deal at Boots. Or, would you spend it on this?
My guess is that your answer, like mine, is probably not. This is progressive but expensive, and doesn't really have a well established profile in terms of long term safety and efficacy.
But, what if every other option had failed and reflux was ruining your life. Is it worth it then?
The article makes for an interesting read, mostly for the comments made by its readers. As pharmacists we recognise the risk factors for Gastro-oesophageal reflux disease (GORD), and we can reccomend pharmacological treatments, lifestyle and dietry advice as first line options But when these don't work, I think we are probably too ignorant at present to make judgements about whether the LINX reflux-management system is worth it for patients suffering with chronic GORD.
Don't knock it 'til you've tried it!?