The prescription of a drug represents the culmination of a deliberative process between physician and patient aimed at the prevention, amelioration, or elimination of a disease or disorder. This deliberative process requires that the physician understand a broad spectrum of scientific and psychosocial issues germane to the success of treatment.1
John C. Ballin. Therapeutic Substitution—Usurpation of the Physician's Prerogative. JAMA. 1987;257(4):528–529. doi:10.1001/jama.1987.03390040144036
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