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February 6, 2002

Responsibilities of Physicians and Pharmacists in Preventing Drug Interactions

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Stephen J.LurieMD, PhD, Senior EditorIndividualAuthor

JAMA. 2002;287(5):586-587. doi:10.1001/jama.287.5.583

To the Editor: In their article about the codispensing of cisapride with contraindicated drugs, Dr Jones and colleagues1 conclude that "[p]rescriptions dispensed by the same pharmacies accounted for a far higher proportion of contraindicated medication pairs than prescriptions from the same physicians." This conclusion seems to point a very large finger at physicians and at pharmacists, implying that neither are doing their job reviewing and intervening in drug-drug interactions.

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