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Editorial
November 22/29, 2016

Reducing Adverse Drug Events: The Need to Rethink Outpatient Prescribing

Author Affiliations
  • 1Durham VA Medical Center, Durham, North Carolina
  • 2Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, Tennessee
 

Copyright 2016 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved.

JAMA. 2016;316(20):2092-2093. doi:10.1001/jama.2016.16392

Gains in life expectancy in the United States are being eroded at least in part due to the use and misuse of prescribed medications.1 Earlier this year, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that life expectancy for some groups in the United States continues to stagnate. Among middle-aged white women, life expectancy decreased, in large part due to medication overdose, opioid use, and liver disease.2

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