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The information we convey to our patients about their medications must be just right, lest we lose their confidence. The USP DI (dispensing information) is supposed to help physicians do this. We are meant to photocopy pertinent pages and go over them with the patient.
The idea is a good one, and starts off well with a phonetic pronunciation given for each drug name. But there is much inaccurate information. Current package inserts for estrogen infer that postmenopausal doses are equivalent to high-dose oral contraceptives, and similarly predispose to serious problems. A sheet giving postmenopausal doses would be helpful. But
USP DI: Advice for the Patient.. Ann Intern Med. 1985;103:650. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-103-4-650_2
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1985;103(4):650.
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