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Education on prescribing can be improved

BMJ 2002; 325 doi: (Published 05 October 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;325:776
  1. Anthony J Smith, chair,
  2. Tina Tasioulas, education and curriculum development coordinator (
  1. Education Working Group
  2. National Prescribing Service, Level 1/31 Buckingham Street, Surry Hills, NSW 2010, Australia

    EDITOR—The personal view from Ellis prompts us to respond—particularly as one of us (AJS) was for many years a teacher of pharmacology in the medical school at the university where she is a student.1

    About 10 years ago, Australia incorporated the promotion of the quality use of medicines into its fledgling national policy on medicines. Turning policy into reality takes time, but, for the improvement of prescribing practice in particular, a key next step was the creation in 1998 of the National Prescribing Service …

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