Letters Section Editor: Stephen J. Lurie, MD, PhD, Senior Editor.
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."
Sotos JG. Ethanol in Hospital Formularies—Reply. JAMA. 2003;289(18):2361. doi:10.1001/jama.289.18.2361-a