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A Prescription for Improving Drug Formulary Decision Making

  • Gordon D. Schiff mail,

    gschiff@partners.org

    Affiliations: Brigham and Woman's Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America, Center for Education and Research on Therapeutics, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, Illinois, United States of America

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  • William L. Galanter,

    Affiliations: Center for Education and Research on Therapeutics, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, Illinois, United States of America, University of Illinois at Chicago, College of Medicine, Chicago, Illinois, United States of America, Department of Pharmacy Practice, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, Illinois, United States of America

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  • Jay Duhig,

    Affiliations: Center for Education and Research on Therapeutics, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, Illinois, United States of America, University of Illinois at Chicago, Department of Pharmacy Administration, Chicago, Illinois, United States of America

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  • Michael J. Koronkowski,

    Affiliations: Center for Education and Research on Therapeutics, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, Illinois, United States of America, University of Illinois at Chicago, Department of Pharmacy Administration, Chicago, Illinois, United States of America

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  • Amy E. Lodolce,

    Affiliations: Center for Education and Research on Therapeutics, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, Illinois, United States of America, University of Illinois at Chicago, Department of Pharmacy Administration, Chicago, Illinois, United States of America

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  • Pam Pontikes,

    Affiliations: Center for Education and Research on Therapeutics, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, Illinois, United States of America, John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County, Chicago, Illinois, United States of America

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  • John Busker,

    Affiliations: Center for Education and Research on Therapeutics, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, Illinois, United States of America, John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County, Chicago, Illinois, United States of America

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  • Daniel Touchette,

    Affiliations: Center for Education and Research on Therapeutics, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, Illinois, United States of America, University of Illinois at Chicago, Department of Pharmacy Administration, Chicago, Illinois, United States of America

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  • Surrey Walton,

    Affiliations: Center for Education and Research on Therapeutics, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, Illinois, United States of America, University of Illinois at Chicago, Department of Pharmacy Administration, Chicago, Illinois, United States of America

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  • Bruce L. Lambert

    Affiliations: Center for Education and Research on Therapeutics, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, Illinois, United States of America, Department of Pharmacy Practice, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, Illinois, United States of America, University of Illinois at Chicago, Department of Pharmacy Administration, Chicago, Illinois, United States of America

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  • Published: May 22, 2012
  • DOI: 10.1371/journal.pmed.1001220

About the Authors

Gordon D. Schiff
Brigham and Woman's Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America
Gordon D. Schiff, William L. Galanter, Jay Duhig, Michael J. Koronkowski, Amy E. Lodolce, Pam Pontikes, John Busker, Daniel Touchette, Surrey Walton, Bruce L. Lambert
Center for Education and Research on Therapeutics, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, Illinois, United States of America
William L. Galanter
University of Illinois at Chicago, College of Medicine, Chicago, Illinois, United States of America
William L. Galanter, Bruce L. Lambert
Department of Pharmacy Practice, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, Illinois, United States of America
Jay Duhig, Michael J. Koronkowski, Amy E. Lodolce, Daniel Touchette, Surrey Walton, Bruce L. Lambert
University of Illinois at Chicago, Department of Pharmacy Administration, Chicago, Illinois, United States of America
Pam Pontikes, John Busker
John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County, Chicago, Illinois, United States of America

Corresponding Author

Email: gschiff@partners.org

Competing Interests

WG received grant funding from Abbott Labs- 2% FTE this year, Consulting with Walgreens (member of P&T Committee, ∼$5,000). JD had a summer student internship with Abbott Laboratories in Regulatory Affairs 2009–2010 7 k (2009) 8 k (2010). SW consulted for Abbott, Genentech, Primus. MK is a Consultant Pharmacist, Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee, Catalyst Health Solutions, Inc, Rockville, MD. DT received unrestricted grant funding for research from Medco Health Solutions. BL consulted in last 3 years: Abbott (drug name confusion), Transcept. Stock ownership: Pharm I.R., Inc. (my own company, specializing in preventing and detecting drug name confusion errors). Expert witness testimony: Hernandez v. Schering (for Hernandez), Mason v. General Electric Company, et al. (for Mason). Grants received: Abbott (readability of MedGuides), Novartis (development of pharmacoepidemiologic methods), Ortho McNeil (safety of warfarin post orthopedic surgery), AHRQ (Tools for Optimizing Prescribing). Patents received: BLL Consulting, Inc. (related to preventing drug name confusions) Other: Board of Directors (unpaid) for Med-Errs, Inc. (drug name confusion).

Author Contributions

Analyzed the data: GS WG JD MK AL PP JB DT SW BL. Wrote the first draft of the manuscript: GS BL WG. Contributed to the writing of the manuscript: GS WG JD MK AL PP JB DT SW BL. ICMJE criteria for authorship read and met: GS WG JD MK AL PP JB DT SW BL. Agree with manuscript results and conclusions: GS WG JD MK AL PP JB DT SW BL. Obtained funding: GS BL.