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NPS MedicineWise evaluation finds changes in general practitioners’ prescribing of proton pump inhibitors following education programmes
  1. Suzanne G Blogg
  1. NPS Medicinewise, Strawberry Hills, NSW 2012, Australia
  1. Correspondence to Dr Suzanne G Blogg, NPS Medicinewise, Strawberry Hills, NSW 2012, Australia; Blogg{at}

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I write in response to the article published in your journal “Passing the acid test? Evaluating the impact of national education initiatives to reduce proton pump inhibitor use in Australia” (Bruno C et al, BMJ Qual Saf 2019). I am writing as NPS MedicineWise evaluation found a significant impact on general practitioner (GP) prescribing of proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) following their educational programmes in 2009 and 2015. I acknowledge that the article is well written, the methods are well described and the approach includes a number of sensitivity analyses. However, I would like to highlight some key points on the analysis methods used that differ from the approach taken by NPS MedicineWise and about which I have some concerns.

The 2015 NPS MedicineWise educational programme on PPIs was part of a larger educational strategy over a decade to support best-practice prescribing of PPIs by GPs and included Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) feedback to GPs in Australia. This consists of a letter that includes information of the individual GP’s prescribing of PPIs compared with …

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