In the first article of this issue Stolley and his associates describe their study of the relative prescribing of drugs, by major classes, in a large population through a 1-year period. Their data, although not surprising, merit the attention of prescribing physicians. Of almost 200 000 prescriptions issued in 1968 to patients in a population of 112 000, antibiotics were the leading class of drugs prescribed, at a rate double that for the next class, tranquilizers. This fact could be interpreted to imply that, in the area under study, antibiotics were prescribed unnecessarily in most cases, with an excessive risk
H. E. Who Writes the Right Prescriptions?. Ann Intern Med. ;76:663–664. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-76-4-663
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1972;76(4):663-664.
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