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|An audit of the use of ondansetron in general medical patients.
|Letters: An audit of the use of ondansetron in general medical patients.
|Cotton, Penelope J.
|Australasian Medical Publishing Company
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|Medical Journal of Australia
|A study of antiemetic prescribing to 514 eligible patients at Ballarat Base Hospital revealed that metoclopramide would have been a suitable and appropriate substitute for 104 doses of ondansetron administered to patients identified during the study. Of the 18% of eligible general medical patients only one patient had a documented indication that met the recommended guidelines for the use of ondansetron. Substituting these doses with metoclopramide would mean significant relative cost savings to the health service. The audit suggested ondansetron is being used to manage undifferentiated nausea and vomiting in general patients outside recommended guidelines. Practitioners were urged to consider the implications of their antimetic prescribing habits.
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HEALTH SERVICE MISUSE
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