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March 13, 2002

Inappropriate Prescribing for Elderly Patients—Reply

Author Affiliations

Stephen J.LurieMD, PhD, Senior EditorIndividualAuthor

JAMA. 2002;287(10):1264-1265. doi:10.1001/jama.287.10.1261

In Reply: Drs Ruscin and Page raise important issues about the slow maturation of this important field. Most new sciences start out with work that is merely observational; those that prosper move beyond this stage into experimentation and eventually to useful interventions whose effectiveness is demonstrated in controlled trials. Ruscin and Page are correct that the time is right for the study of medication use, particularly in the elderly, likewise to move from descriptions of the world as it is to demonstrations of the impact of programs that make things better.