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February 28, 2001

Underuse of β-Blockers Following Myocardial Infarction

Author Affiliations

Stephen J.LurieMD, PhD, Senior EditorIndividualAuthorJody W.ZylkeMD, Contributing EditorIndividualAuthor

JAMA. 2001;285(8):1013. doi:10.1001/jama.285.8.1013

To the Editor: The article by Dr Phillips and colleagues,1 which estimated the cost-effectiveness of β-blocker therapy in all patients with myocardial infarction, adds to literature documenting poor health outcomes associated with underuse of β-blockers.2 Although we agree with the conclusions that increased β-blocker use would lead to impressive gains in health, we believe that the authors neglected to consider the costs of program implementation in their analysis.

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