Observations on drug prescribing in rheumatoid arthritis.
P Lee, SJ Ahola, D Grennan, P Brooks, WW Buchanan
Br Med J | Published : 1974
A total of 125 patients with rheumatoid arthritis were investigated about their drug therapy before referral to a specialist centre. Most referrals were from general practitioners. Only 47 of the patients had received salicylates as the first drug and 18 had never had them at all. Soluble aspirin was the preparation of salicylates most frequently prescribed (for 63 patients). Only 60 patients had been given an adequate dose and only 62 an adequate course of treatment with salicylates. In 28 patients salicylates had been stopped on account of side effects. About one-third of the patients had been prescribed oral corticosteroids.The referral letters were poor in giving details of past and pres..View full abstract