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July 11, 1980

Urgent: Drug Recall

Author Affiliations

The Center for the Study of Genito-urinary Diseases, Ltd Burlington, III

JAMA. 1980;244(2):135. doi:10.1001/jama.1980.03310020017014

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To the Editor.—  A physician practicing today must be able to identify rapidly all of the patients receiving a particular drug. It is quick and easy to get information to physicians on drug recalls, side effects, complications arising from prolonged use, or toxic interactions. It is slow and cumbersome to pass this information to the patients it affects. To do a manual search through patient charts is impractical. To depend on memory is unreliable. Only an automated method for tracking patient medication will provide the information in a timely and dependable manner.To provide this information, we developed an interactive, computerized drug subsystem to perform the following: (1) maintain drug history on all patients, (2) estimate therapeutic success and allow comparison of treatment alternatives, (3) protect against drug interaction, and (4) record allergic reactions. As an additional benefit, we are able to provide patients with computer-produced prescriptions containing detailed instructions