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April 15, 1983

Return of Equipment to the Pharmacy

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Templeton, Calif

JAMA. 1983;249(15):2018. doi:10.1001/jama.1983.03330390026013

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To the Editor.—  In their article entitled "Intravenous Antibiotic Therapy in an Outpatient Setting" (1982; 248:336), Dr Poretz and colleagues state: "At the end of therapy, excess equipment was returned and its cost deducted from the final bill."As a practicing pharmacist in California, subject to the law that forbids return of any prescription merchandise, I am appalled at the idea that "equipment" (medications? intravenous apparatus?) is returned to a pharmacy from an environment where patients—suffering from infectious diseases—have handled it.

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