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Comment & Response
December 2016

Costs of Inpatient Medications: Do Dispensing and Nursing Fees Lead to Overestimates?

Author Affiliations
  • 1Division of General Internal Medicine, University Health Network, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  • 2Division of General Internal Medicine, Department of Medicine, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  • 3HoPingKong Centre for Excellence in Education and Practice, University Health Network, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
JAMA Intern Med. 2016;176(12):1881-1882. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2016.7255

To the Editor We read with great interest the Research Letter in a recent issue of JAMA Internal Medicine by Lee et al1 raising concern about overuse of docusate as a treatment for constipation among medical inpatients. Data from our center corroborate these findings. We found that docusate is used in 15% of all medical admissions, is commonly continued following hospitalization, and is newly prescribed in up to 33% of patients upon discharge.2

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