Doctors have long said that they can only prescribe one type of medication to every patient, but the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says doctors can prescribe more than 300 different medications for a variety of conditions.
The CDC estimates that a typical doctor is prescribing more than 4,000 different medications, and the number of different medications that are being prescribed in hospitals has grown to more than 40,000 a day.
The new guidelines recommend that doctors use more common drugs in order to keep their patients safe.
Dr. John Schulman, an assistant professor at the University of Florida School of Medicine, said the guidelines are necessary to keep doctors safe.
The CDC says doctors are the first line of defense for patients, so the guidelines will help protect them.
“Our primary concern is that we don’t just go into the hospital and prescribe this new type of drug, but that we do all of the research and the testing and all of that,” Schulmann said.
“We need to be very careful about what we’re prescribing.”
Dr. Scott Daley, the president and CEO of the American Academy of Pediatrics, said he’s not sure what to make of the guidelines.
“I think the FDA and the Centers have done an excellent job, and I don’t think this will be a game changer,” he said.
Dr. Schulmans study found that about one in four patients who received a generic prescription, like this one, were prescribed a different medication than the one they were given.
And, in the case of one in three, the prescription was changed to one that was not the generic drug.
What is the FDA doing to keep patients safe?
The FDA says it’s monitoring the new guidelines and working with doctors to make sure the medications are safe and effective for patients.
The FDA also released a statement saying that it will be evaluating how to update the guidelines as more data becomes available.