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May 6, 1983

American Medical Association Patient Medication Instruction (PMI) Program

Author Affiliations

Bloomsburg, Pa

JAMA. 1983;249(17):2327. doi:10.1001/jama.1983.03330410025011

To the Editor.—  I would like to comment on the recent editorial by Dr James Sammons entitled "Written Instructions and Patient Compliance" (1982;248:2890). The concept of the American Medical Association patient medication instruction (PMI) program is commendable. Patients need to have information about prescription medication, and access to this information is a right of patients. However, PMI is a concept that is new only to physicians. Pharmacists have been providing and will continue to provide patients with appropriate drug information. The American Society of Hospital Pharmacists published the first edition of its Medication Teaching Manual: A Guide for Patient Counseling in 1978. The manual contains approximately 200 drug monographs, especially designed to be reproduced and distributed to patients. This private-sector initiative was developed to provide patients with supplementary written instructions for prescription medications with the aim of improving compliance.What concerns me the most about Dr Sammons' editorial is his