In response to recent evidence about the safety of calcium channel blockers, Group Health Cooperative of Puget Sound (GHC), a large health maintenance organization, implemented a plan in April 1996 to reevaluate the medications of 1349 patients who were taking short-acting nifedipine. Following the intervention, 79.8% of patients taking short-acting nifedipine discontinued use, and 45.6% switched to once-daily felodipine. By presenting physicians and patients with recent evidence about the safety of short- acting nifedipine, a large health maintenance organization was able to motivate broad-scale changes to safer alternative drug therapies.
- Calcium channel blockers
- Drug safety
- Health maintenance organization
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Internal Medicine