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Inappropriate prescribing is “treatable”

BMJ 1995; 311 doi: (Published 18 November 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;311:1368
  1. Raymond C Tallis
  1. Professor of geriatric medicine Hope Hospital, Salford M6 8HD

    EDITOR,--I read R E Ferner's editorial on drug errors with mixed feelings.1 Over a decade ago Gosney and I drew attention to inappropriate prescribing (the prescribing of contraindicated drugs and drugs with adverse interactions) for elderly patients admitted to hospital.2 We subsequently extended our surveys to patients seen in accident and emergency departments,3 patients in long term care wards, and patients in residential homes. We suggested that the conventional explanation …

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