STUART L. NIGHTINGALE, M.D.; ROBERT A. DORMER, J.D.; ROBERT L. DUPONT, M.D.
Most of the current great concern about the inappropriate prescribing of psychoactive drugs is focused on the issue of overprescribing. A consensus is lacking, however, on the extent of overprescribing or on the relative responsibilities of physicians, patients, and drug manufacturers for the overprescribing that is done (1, 2). Some excess prescribing can be ascribed to physicians with impaired judgment from organic or psychiatric causes and some to physicians who unscrupulously prescribe psychoactive drugs for profit. This second group is probably responsible for only a small fraction of inappropriate prescriptions, but, in communities, these few individuals can initiate and maintain
NIGHTINGALE SL, DORMER RA, DUPONT RL. Inappropriate Prescribing of Psychoactive Drugs. Ann Intern Med. ;83:896–897. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-83-6-896
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1975;83(6):896-897.
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