July 14, 1962

The Hospital Drugs and Formulary Committee

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New York City

JAMA. 1962;181(2):99-101. doi:10.1001/jama.1962.03050280029005a

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WITH THE INCREASING COMPLEXITIES of modern medicine, it has become necessary to work out a system by which hospital patients are guaranteed the best in drug therapy. The individual physician does not have time to evaluate the flood of new drugs, drug combinations, and new dosage forms nor to determine the most advantageous drugs in any particular category. To bring order out of chaos and to limit the drugs available in a hospital to those that are necessary and the most effective in their field, a committee on drugs and formulary is now operating in many hospitals throughout the country. Bellevue Hospital in New York City has had such a committee in continuous operation since 1935. This committee operates as an advisory committee to the medical board of the hospital. In that way, its decisions can be reviewed by the entire medical board, so that approval of the actions of

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