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Alerts about high medication costs did not affect inpatient prescribing

The retrospective analysis found that orders declined only for the two expensive medications that were restricted by the pharmacy or removed from order sets.

Pharmacist education about lack of evidence for docusate reduced use of it

A Canadian health system distributed a backgrounder and conducted webinars calling for docusate to be discontinued and not replaced with another medication unless clinically necessary.

‘Open-book’ format does not appear to affect MOC test performance

Physicians who had taken the internal medicine Maintenance of Certification (MOC) exam were randomly assigned to a trial closed- or open-book exam with or without 15 minutes of additional time.

Improvement seen in survival differences by race after in-hospital cardiac arrest

The reduction in survival difference by race appeared to be linked to elimination of racial differences in survival of acute resuscitation, while differences in postresuscitation survival persisted.

August ACP Hospitalist now online and in the mail

The latest issue of ACP Hospitalist focuses on putting point-of-care ultrasound into practice and has articles on medical care for refugees, high-altitude hospital medicine, and pulmonary embolism.

Put words in our mouth

ACP Hospitalist Weekly wants readers to create captions for our new cartoon and help choose the winner. Pen the winning caption and win a $50 gift certificate good toward any ACP product, program, or service.