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Choosing Epilepsy Drugs: How Do Doctors Prescribe?

Februrary 15, 20139 min
Have you ever wondered how doctors continue to learn about the drugs that they prescribe? What we don’t see and should be very interested in is, where does the doctor’s drug information come from, and how objective is it.Have you ever wondered how doctors continue to learn about the drugs that they prescribe? As a patient, it appears quite straightforward for a physician to recommend a drug for the treatment of Epilepsy and its related seizures after an accurate diagnosis. However, what we don’t see and should be very interested in is, where does the doctor’s drug information come from, and how objective is it. That’s the question we posed to physician Dr. Carl Bazil, Director of the Division of Epilepsy and Sleep at Columbia University’s Department of Neurology. One extremely valuable source of drug information discussed is produced by The Medical Letter, a nonprofit organization that publishes critical appraisals of new prescription drugs and comparative reviews of previously approved drugs. These reviews are intended to specifically meet the needs of busy health care professionals, who want unbiased, reliable and timely drug information. Much like Consumer Reports, The Medical Letter doesn’t accept advertising.

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