Rational Prescribing: An Exemplar of Auditing Prescribing in Updating a General Practice Formulary
The idea of producing a general practice formulary was first suggested in 1981 . Several formularies have been developed since by practices alone or in conjunction with neighbouring practices, and by groups of doctors working with university departments and local faculties of the Royal College of General Practitioners [2,3,5,6,8–10]. The aim of a formulary is to foster rational prescribing by selecting a limited number of drugs on the basis of safety, efficacy, convenience and cost . Doctors involved in compiling a formulary can achieve high levels of compliance with it [4,8]. Furthermore, prescribing costs can fall following the introduction of a formulary [2,6], though the likely financial impact is difficult to predict .
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