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Dispensing continues for discontinued medications

from Medscape News

Electronic health records should be used to inform pharmacists when physicians discontinue medication prescriptions for patients, according to the authors of a study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine. Dr. Adrienne Allen, associate medical director of Quality, Safety, and Risk at North Shore Physicians Group, Danvers, Mass., and colleagues, analyzed the records of 30,406 Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates adult patients who had electronic discontinuation orders for antihypertensives, anticoagulants, antiplatelets, oral hypoglycemic and stain medications between November 2008 and October 2009. The number of targeted discontinued medications totaled 83,902, of which 1,218 were subsequently dispensed a mean of one time by a pharmacy anyway during a 12-month follow-up period. more

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