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October 13, 1999

TherapeuticsWorst Pills, Best Pills: A Consumer's Guide to Avoiding Drug-Induced Death or Illness

Author Affiliations

Harriet S.MeyerMD, Contributing EditorJonathan D.EldredgeMLS, PhD, Journal Review EditorRobertHoganMD, adviser for new media


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Copyright 1999 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved. Applicable FARS/DFARS Restrictions Apply to Government Use.1999American Medical Association


by Sidney M. Wolfe, Larry D. Sasich, Rose-Ellen Hope, and Public Citizen's Health Research Group, 772 pp, paper, $16, ISBN 0-671-01918-X, New York, NY, Pocket Books, 1999.

JAMA. 1999;282(14):1383-1384. doi:10.1001/jama.282.14.1383-JBK1013-4-1

Worst Pills, Best Pills is intended to help patients and their families take an active role in avoiding adverse drug events (ADEs). It contains useful information but is overly adversarial.

The book begins with a discussion of how and why medications are misprescribed and overprescribed and provides an overview of ADEs with many excellent examples. The body of the text contains reference sections in which specific drugs are discussed by general areas of use. Finally, the authors provide advice for avoiding ADEs and saving money on prescription drugs.

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