Analysis of medication use patterns:apparent overuse of antibiotics and underuse of prescription drugs for asthma, depression, and CHF.

@article{Gilberg2003AnalysisOM,
  title={Analysis of medication use patterns:apparent overuse of antibiotics and underuse of prescription drugs for asthma, depression, and CHF.},
  author={Karen Gilberg and Marianne Laouri and Sally W. Wade and Sharon Isonaka},
  journal={Journal of managed care pharmacy : JMCP},
  year={2003},
  volume={9 3},
  pages={
          232-7
        }
}
OBJECTIVE To assess the appropriateness of prescription medication use based upon widely accepted treatment guidelines. METHODS We analyzed administrative claims for the period October 1, 1998, through September 20, 1999, supplied by 3 California health plans to determine medication use patterns for outpatient prescriptions. We compared these patterns to those expected in the presence of adherence to treatment guidelines. RESULTS During the study period, only 27.5% of antidepressant users… 
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