Rationale and Comments
New medications should not be initiated without taking into consideration patient compliance with their preexisting medication and whether their current dose is effective at controlling/treating symptoms. Medications are often prescribed to treat symptoms that are really side effects of other medications without determining if the preexisting medication is truly needed or could be discontinued.
- American Society of Health-System Pharmacists
- Geriatric Medicine
- Preventive Medicine
- Schiff GD, et al. Promoting more conservative prescribing. JAMA 2009;301:865-7.
- Schiff GD, et al. Principles of conservative prescribing. Arch Intern Med. 2011;171:1433-40.
- Shane, R and Abramowitz, PW. Choosing Wisely: Pharmacy’s role in effective use of medications. Am J Health-Syst Pharm. 2015; 72:1529-30. doi.org/10.2146/ajhp150324.