The American Medical Association's Patient Medication Instruction (PMI) program is being introduced to physicians this month (see "Open Letter," page 1015).
Within the next few weeks, approximately 400,000 practicing physicians (MDs and DOs) will receive an introductory packet that explains the program and tells how to order instruction sheets that can be given to patients when drugs are prescribed.
Each PMI is a single sheet, 14×21.5 cm (5.5×8.5 in) in size, printed on the front and back, with easy-to-understand information about the drug class or particular drug (the generic name is used) being prescribed. They are bound in pads of 100 sheets and will be updated periodically when new information about the medication becomes available.
Physicians will pay only for postage and handling, which amount to about $.50 per 100-sheet pad, but orders must be for lots of 10 pads or more. An order form also will be available in