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April 7, 1999

Pharmaceutical Benefits Managers and Optimizing Prescribing

Author Affiliations

Margaret A.WinkerMD, Deputy EditorIndividualAuthorPhil B.FontanarosaMD, Interim CoeditorIndividualAuthor

JAMA. 1999;281(13):1168. doi:10.1001/jama.281.13.1168

To the Editor: Dr Monane and colleagues1 should be applauded for their efforts to improve prescribing for older adults. Pharmaceutical benefits managers (PBMs) have access to a wealth of data and, arguably, have an obligation to intervene when they identify potentially inappropriate drug use in this population. To maximize accountability, the results of these interventions should be documented, analyzed, and communicated.2

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