Margaret A.WinkerMD, Deputy EditorIndividualAuthorPhil B.FontanarosaMD, Interim CoeditorIndividualAuthor
To the Editor: As Dr Christie and
colleagues1 have so aptly pointed out, it appears that many
physicians embrace the doctrine of self-prescription a little too well.
The real problem does not really lie with antibiotics and allergy
medicines, but rather with the self-prescribing of sedatives and pain
medicines. This sets up a pattern of use that may culminate in drug
abuse and dependence. As suggested by Hughes et al2 and
others, the self-use of medicines among residents is more for
self-treatment than for recreation.
Voth EA. Self-prescribing by Physicians. JAMA. 1999;281(16):1488-1490. doi:10-1001/pubs.JAMA-ISSN-0098-7484-281-16-jbk0428