Indication or diagnosis should be required on prescriptions

Michael T. Rupp, Terri L. Warholak, Anita C. Murcko

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Although prospective drug utilization review and patient counseling have long been recognized as professional and ethical responsibilities of pharmacists, the implementation of the Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1990 made them legal responsibilities. Ensuring the safety and effectiveness of prescription pharmaceutical care requires that all members of the prescriber-patient-pharmacist triad are equally informed about the therapeutic plan for which the pharmacist is professionally, ethically, and legally responsible for properly implementing. Providing pharmacists with the clinical indication or diagnosis is an important and long overdue first step.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1136-1139
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of managed care & specialty pharmacy
Issue number8
StatePublished - Aug 2021

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pharmacy
  • Pharmaceutical Science
  • Health Policy


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