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Experts at MCPHS and Brigham and Women’s Hospital Call for Incorporating Indications into Medication Ordering

July 29, 2016

  • One way to improve safe medication ordering and use? Give patients access to the information they need, according to Enrique Seoane-Vazquez, PhD, Associate Professor in the School of Pharmacy at Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (MCPHS).

    In this week’s issue of New England Journal of Medicine, co-author Professor Seoane-Vazquez joins lead author Gordon D. Schiff, MD and co-author Adam Wright, PhD at Brigham and Women’s Hospital to call for including the purpose of medications on prescriptions – with the ultimate goal of making prescribing better and safer.

    The article, titled “Incorporating Indications into Medication Ordering — Time to Enter the Age of Reason,” asserts that “beyond the five “rights” for safe medication ordering and use — the right patient, right drug, right dose, right time, and right route — a sixth element must be correct: the indication”.

    The article was covered by CBS News in a segment titled “Experts Want Doctors, Pharmacies to Include Reason for Prescription on Label”.

    The School of Pharmacy at Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (MCPHS) offers majors in the pharmaceutical sciences, including a direct-entry Doctor of Pharmacy degree and a hybrid pharmaceutical and business program.