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January 14, 2004

Evaluation of Drug Utilization Review Programs

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

JAMA. 2004;291(2):184-185. doi:10.1001/jama.291.2.184-b

To the Editor: Dr Hennessy and colleagues1 found that retrospective drug utilization review was not associated with any decrease in the rates of potential prescribing errors or hospitalizations. They also reported that these programs have changed little since 1996. Thus, it is possible that these results merely reflect ineffectiveness of "traditional" retrospective drug utilization review programs, which tend to have overly simplified criteria.

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