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Prescribing Principles

Physicians' Principles for Quality Prescribing
Commit to Zero Tolerance for Errors

Commit to....

  • Asking patients about their use of prescription and nonprescription medications and dietary supplements and including this in a computerized medication record for each patient
  • Recording information about adverse drug reactions and drug allergies as well as food allergies in computerized patient record
  • Fully informing patients about medications and their potential effects, including both positive and negative outcomes
  • Reporting errors and adverse events so others will not repeat them
  • Withstanding pressures to prescribe in ways that are not in the patients' best interest
  • Knowing thoroughly the drugs you prescribe most frequently
  • Anticipating and preventing drug interactions
  • Establishing a partnership with pharmacists and nurses to monitor therapy for interactions or errors and effective counseling of patients

Arizona Center for Education and Research on Therapeutics
The Critical Path Institute

Tucson, Arizona and Rockville, Maryland

Funded in part by Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality grant 1 U18 HS10385-01

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