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To the Editor.—
Your EDITORIAL "Refill: Yes or No" has just come to my attention (221:188, 1972). Many years ago, I became concerned about unlimited refills, as I suppose many others have also. Therefore, there must be many solutions to the problem. My own is offered, for what it is worth; it seems to be acceptable to ethical pharmacists, at least in this area.For many years we have had printed, on the face of the prescription blank a request for the pharmacist to notify me whenever a prescription is refilled; most of them, except for a few of those in old-time neighborhood stores, have been glad to comply. When this information is received in the office, it is entered on a separate sheet in the chart (we use blue color for rapid identification). Each prescription refill request is seen and checked by the physician before the day's business is
Huntley AC. Prescription Refills. JAMA. 1972;222(10):1310. doi:10.1001/jama.1972.03210100058029