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May 14, 2003

Ethanol in Hospital Formularies—Reply

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Letters Section Editor: Stephen J. Lurie, MD, PhD, Senior Editor.

JAMA. 2003;289(18):2361. doi:10.1001/jama.289.18.2361-a

To the Editor: In their Research Letter, Dr Blondell and colleagues1 found that ethanol is still in the formularies of most US teaching hospitals. They suggest that ethanol is ineffective in treating alcohol withdrawal syndrome, and thus are concerned that having ethanol in a hospital formulary "may send the implicit message that alcohol is an appropriate remedy for illness."

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