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Research Article

Physician Awareness of Drug Cost: A Systematic Review

  • G. Michael Allan mail,

    To whom correspondence should be addressed. E-mail: michael.allan@ualberta.ca

    Affiliations: Department of Family Medicine, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, Institute of Health Economics, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

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  • Joel Lexchin,

    Affiliations: Department of Family and Community Medicine, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, School of Health Policy and Management, York University, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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  • Natasha Wiebe

    Affiliation: Department of Medicine, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

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  • Published: September 25, 2007
  • DOI: 10.1371/journal.pmed.0040283

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Help Is Here

Posted by plosmedicine on 31 Mar 2009 at 00:14 GMT

Author: Noel Corser
Position: Family Physician
Institution: Hinton Medical Clinic (Hinton, Alberta, Canada)
E-mail: noelcorser@yahoo.ca
Submitted Date: September 25, 2007
Published Date: September 26, 2007
This comment was originally posted as a “Reader Response” on the publication date indicated above. All Reader Responses are now available as comments.

I read with interest the article by Drs. Allan, Lexchin, and Wiebe regarding physicians awareness (or lack thereof) of the costs of the medications they prescribe.

One potential solution is "RxFiles" (http://www.rxfiles.ca), a Canadian evidence-based effort to objectively compare medications - including usable information about prices. The website is somewhat difficult to navigate. However, the charts they produce contain a wealth of information. One of the most popular items available from the Canadian Medical Association online store (http://www.cma.ca). Well worth a look!

No competing interests declared.