Observations on drug prescribing in rheumatoid arthritis

Lee, P., Ahola, S. J., Grennan, D. M., Brooks, P. M. and Buchanan, W. W. (1974) Observations on drug prescribing in rheumatoid arthritis. BMJ, 1 5905: 424-426. doi:10.1136/bmj.1.5905.424

Author Lee, P.
Ahola, S. J.
Grennan, D. M.
Brooks, P. M.
Buchanan, W. W.
Title Observations on drug prescribing in rheumatoid arthritis
Journal name BMJ   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0959-8138
Publication date 1974-01-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1136/bmj.1.5905.424
Open Access Status DOI
Volume 1
Issue 5905
Start page 424
End page 426
Total pages 3
Language eng
Abstract 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 pre-scribed oral corticosteroids. The referral letters were poor in giving details of past and present drug therapy, and there were serious omissions in reporting of previous side effects. Seventy-five general practitioners were asked to rate several currently marketed antirheumatic drugs in terms of effectiveness. Though prednisolone 15 mg daily ranked higher than aspirin 4 g daily the difference was not significant. The study shows the inadequacies of drug prescribing for rheumatoid arthritis in the Glasgow area.
Keyword Rheumatoid arthritis
Anti-rheumatic drugs
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Unknown
Additional Notes Originally published as Lee P, Ahola SJ, Grennan DM, Brooks PM, Buchanan WW. Observations on Drug Prescribing in Rheumatoid Arthritis Brit Med J 1974; l: 424-6. Copied with permission of BMJ.

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