, Volume 68, Issue 4, pp 335-337
Date: 21 Oct 2011

Separating the wheat from the chaff: essential information in therapeutics

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Prescribing is a complex decision-making process influenced not only by patients’ needs, but also by other factors, such as available resources, priorities of national healthcare policies, and market pressures [1]. The information on medicines and therapeutics that reaches prescribers is also one of these factors. The need for continuous updating of this information is vital for both healthcare professionals and healthcare systems, although keeping up with therapeutic advances in health care is challenging [2].

In the last two decades, access to scientific publications and other sources of medical information has changed dramatically, from the need to gain access to information to the need to select it. More than ever, genuine data and news are diluted in an ocean of banalities. For example, it took 20 years, hundreds of studies, and millions of treated patients to realize that the so-called second-generation antipsychotics are actually no better than the older drugs in terms of efficac