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Unfilled cardiovascular medications.

UNFILLED CARDIOVASCULAR MEDICATIONS

It has been estimated that 50 percent of all prescriptions written by physicians are not filled. Another problem with prescription drugs that makes a breakdown in communications between physician and patient dangerous involves the cessation of certain drugs without notifying the physician who prescribed it. A patient runs out of medicine and fails to get the prescription refilled--this may not be serious for some drugs, but for commonly-used beta blockers (cardiovascular medications) cessation can cause very serious problems. It is especially important to tell your doctor should you decide to stop using your beta blocker medication.
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Date:Apr 1, 1989
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