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Medical News & Perspectives
November 8, 2006

Flawed Prescribing Practices Revealed

JAMA. 2006;296(18):2191-2192. doi:10.1001/jama.296.18.2191

While medications are lifesaving for millions of individuals, taking particular combinations can be a recipe for disaster. Several studies have found that it is not uncommon for patients to be prescribed medications that can interact dangerously with one another. In addition, physicians often fail to provide patients with all of the information they need about new medications.

Such situations can endanger patients, many of whom take a number of different pills for various conditions. Because of this, experts say, physicians need to reexamine their prescribing practices.