Drug therapy involves considerations beyond the strictfy scientific pharmacological aspects of medicines.These include numerous issues relating to preservers themselves and to patients.
• The therapeutic situation
— Iatrogenic disease
— Benefits and risks
— Public view of drugs and preservers
— Criticisms of modern drugs
— Drug-induced injury
— Complementary medicine
• Prescribing, drug consumption and economics
— Reasons for taking a drug history
— Repeat prescriptions
— Warnings and consent
— Legal hazards for prescribers
— Formularies and 'essential' drugs
• Compliance — patient and doctor ■ Placebo medicines
Appendix I: WHO list of essential drugs Appendix 2: The prescription
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