ROBERT F. MARONDE, M.D.; MILTON SILVERMAN, PH.D.
To the editor: Computerized prescription processing in a large hospital outpatient service has enabled us to analyze various aspects of drug use, including physician prescribing habits (1-3). In previous reports, covering only relatively brief periods, we have noted that some patients receive what seem to be grossly excessive amounts of drugs with abuse potential.
In this study we focused on the prescribing and dispensing of selected anti-anxiety and hypnotic drugs—all having significant potential for abuse (4)—during 12 months. These include diazepam, chlordiazepoxide, meprobamate, secobarbital, and pentobarbital. Together, they represented 14.4% of all outpatient prescriptions dispensed during the year.
MARONDE RF, SILVERMAN M. Prescribing Hypnotic and Anti-Anxiety Drugs. Ann Intern Med. ;79:452–453. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-79-3-452
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1973;79(3):452-453.
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