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PSNet: Patient Safety Network
Journal Article
Study

Evaluating sample medications in primary care: a practice-based research network study.

Hansen LB, Saseen JJ, Westfall JM, et al. Joint Commission journal on quality and patient safety. 2006;32:688-92.

This survey of primary care practices found that, while sample medications were dispensed at nearly 10% of patient encounters, most clinics did not follow the Institute for Safe Medication Practices' recommendations for safe distribution of medication samples.