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Refilling prescriptions and physician consent.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  10256914     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Much has been written regarding physicians' prescribing behavior. However, a literature search revealed a dearth of information regarding physicians' refilling behavior. The purpose of this study was to explore how authorization is given to community pharmacists for refilling a prescription by telephone. A total of 30 physicians (general practitioners and internists) was systematically selected with a random start from the telephone directory of a large metropolitan city. A surveyor acting as a registered pharmacist from a fictitious pharmacy called and requested refill authorization from a prescriber using a simulated patient's name and prescription. Half of the 30 phone calls utilized a controlled substance as the drug in question, and the remaining half utilized a noncontrolled legend drug. All of the phone calls were made either during late afternoon or evening. The results of this study show that 48.3 percent of the physicians authorized refills. Positive refill authorization was given in 29 percent of the instances with the controlled drug and 66 percent of the instances with the noncontrolled legend drug. Only 27.6 percent of the physicians checked their records.
K F Bobrt; A A Purohit
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Contemporary pharmacy practice     Volume:  5     ISSN:  0162-3761     ISO Abbreviation:  Contemp Pharm Pract     Publication Date:  1982  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1982-12-03     Completed Date:  1982-12-03     Revised Date:  2008-11-21    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7905177     Medline TA:  Contemp Pharm Pract     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  80-4     Citation Subset:  H    
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MeSH Terms
Decision Making
Drug Prescriptions / standards*
Drug Utilization*
United States

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