Drug Safety

, Volume 22, Issue 2, pp 103–109 | Cite as

Patient-Oriented Strategies for the Prevention of Drug Interactions

Leading Article

Abstract

Drug interactions are a common and serious problem arising from polypharmacy. Strategies to reduce the likelihood of the co-prescription of hazardous drug combinations are likely to enhance the quality of care provided for patients requiring polypharmacotherapy. Drugs for which patient-oriented information strategies may decrease the likelihood of drug interactions tend to be those of low therapeutic index, and have interaction potential with other drugs commonly prescribed or available without prescription.

Keywords

Drug Interaction Terfenadine Astemizole Potential Drug Interaction Flesch Reading Ease 

Notes

Acknowledgements

This work was supported in part by financial grants from the Medical Benefits Fund (MBF) of Australia, and the Special Purposes Trust Fund of the Repatriation General Hospital, Daw Park, South Australia.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Departments of Pharmacy and PsychiatryRepatriation General HospitalDaw Park, Adelaide, South AustraliaAustralia

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