Responsibility for Ethical Prescribing

      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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