Letters Section Editor: Stephen J. Lurie,
MD, PhD, Senior Editor.
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.
Berringer R, Friedla E, Rich K. Evaluation of Drug Utilization Review Programs. JAMA. 2004;291(2):184-185. doi:10.1001/jama.291.2.184-b