This report documenting the overusee of digoxin serum assays for ambulatory patients in Italy is important for several reasons. These data demonstrate the diffusion of medical and pharmaceutical practices worldwide, in this case the use of therapeutic drug monitoring (TDM) practices. The editors believe that these data from the Mario Negri Institute of Pharmacology Research probably reflect the general overuse of digoxin TDM in most western countries. For TDM to be meaningful and cost-effective, it must be applied in a problem-oriented fashion and by a rational protocol. Simply obtaining random 'dig levels' contributes to therapy management only occasionally, but routinely adds to cost. The editors encourage other practical reports of this nature to be submitted for this column - particularly data that will aid the busy clinician and general physician practitioner are encouraged.
|Number of pages||2|
|Journal||Drug Intelligence and Clinical Pharmacy|
|Publication status||Published - 1985|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Pharmacology (medical)
- Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmaceutics(all)