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High risk prescribing in primary care patients particularly vulnerable to adverse drug events: cross sectional population database analysis in Scottish general practice.

Guthrie B, McCowan C, Davey P, et al. High risk prescribing in primary care patients particularly vulnerable to adverse drug events: cross sectional population database analysis in Scottish general practice. BMJ. 2011;342:d3514. doi:10.1136/bmj.d3514.

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July 6, 2011
Guthrie B, McCowan C, Davey P, et al. BMJ. 2011;342:d3514.

This study found that 14% of patients vulnerable to adverse drug events (based on age and comorbidities) received a high-risk prescription in the past year, particularly for long-term medications. While many prescriptions were not deemed inappropriate, differences in prescribing patterns were noted and may provide opportunities for prevention.

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Guthrie B, McCowan C, Davey P, et al. High risk prescribing in primary care patients particularly vulnerable to adverse drug events: cross sectional population database analysis in Scottish general practice. BMJ. 2011;342:d3514. doi:10.1136/bmj.d3514.