So where does the responsibility for ethical prescribing lie? As health care professionals,
prescribing and dispensing pharmaceuticals are generous percentages of each day. Responsibility
starts with us being well-informed and remaining current with the plethora of new
medication and specialty drugs on the market. Efficacy, safety, and mechanism of action
are important considerations; however, how well do these newly prescribed medications
play with others? Most patients receiving a prescription are taking other medications
(both prescription and over-the-counter). Appropriate selection and dosing of agents
and duration of therapy are keys to maximizing outcomes while minimizing adverse effects.
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