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iption. "It's often the closing moment of a caring interaction," Holmes said. "It seals the deal. It's not the same when you have to take it away."

Nonetheless, the authors say, it is necessary. "Medication discontinuation, when done right, can decrease costs, simplify prescription regimens, decrease adverse drug events and focus therapy for maximum benefit," Alexander said.

"Evidence-based medicine has changed the way physicians practice, but it seems to have had tunnel vision when it comes to withdrawing drugs," Holmes said. "The discontinuation of medications is a neglected science. It's not an area that the pharmaceutical companies are looking to fund."


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Contact: John Easton or Catherine Gianaro
catherine.gianaro@uchospitals.edu
773-702-6241
University of Chicago Medical Center
27-Mar-2006


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