6 medication 'do not dos' for GPs
Here’s what doctors should avoid doing to reduce medication misadventure, according to the latest Choosing Wisely recommendations.
With 23% of medication-related adverse events in primary care considered preventable, the six ‘do no dos’ are aimed at preventing misadventure as a result of prescribing cascades, polypharmacy and homeopathic therapies:
- Don’t initiate treatment to treat symptoms, adverse events or side effects without first checking if they are related to a current therapy. Determine if a reduced dose, discontinuation or another treatment is needed.
- Don’t promote or provide homeopathic products as there's no reliable evidence they're effective. If patients access these products themselves, counsel them about the lack of benefit.
- Don’t dispense a repeat prescription for an antibiotic without ensuring it’s clinically appropriate.
- Don’t prescribe medications