Strategies for Improving Drug Safety in Europe: Can General Practitioners Contribute ?

  • Andrew Herxheimer


Of course the answer is yes: general practitioners (GPs) can contribute more to drug safety than any other group of doctors. Over 80% of all medicines prescribed are prescribed by GPs, and GPs have by far the most important educational role in relation to medicine-taking behaviour. They can contribute in a number of interrelated ways, which have to do with the quality of prescribing, the education of patients and the information they are given the monitoring of drug treatment, and clinical research.


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