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Research Article

Effect on prescribing of the limited list in a computerised group practice.

Br Med J (Clin Res Ed) 1986; 293 doi: (Published 04 October 1986) Cite this as: Br Med J (Clin Res Ed) 1986;293:857
  1. W G Irwin,
  2. K A Mills,
  3. K Steele


    The prescribing of drugs in the therapeutic classes that are affected by the government's limited list was investigated in a computerised group practice of just over 3,000 patients. Prescribable drugs in categories that are affected by the list were identified for two consecutive six month periods before and one six month period after the introduction of the list. A significant decrease in the prescribing of cough and cold remedies, vitamins, and antacids occurred after the list was introduced, whereas no change occurred in the prescribing of laxatives, benzodiazepines, or analgesics. The prescribing of iron and penicillin increased significantly after the list was introduced, whereas the use of H2 antagonists and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs showed no significant change.