overprescribe

verb over·pre·scribe \ ˌō-vər-pri-ˈskrīb \

Definition of overprescribe

overprescribed; overprescribing
transitive + intransitive
: to prescribe (a medication, diagnostic test, etc.) in excess or more often than necessary
  • The family of a man who fatally overdosed is suing his doctors claiming they overprescribed addictive pain medication.
  • WPXI.com (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania)
  • … tried … to warn the world against overprescribing antibiotics to a point that they would be useless.
  • Network Ten (Australia)
  • Critics say Xanax is overprescribed and widely abused.
  • —Jane Velez-Mitchell
  • … the compelling and continuing issues of quality control and overprescribing in medical imaging …
  • —David J. Brenner and Hedvig Hricak
  • Why do doctors overprescribe? Is it about covering their backsides in this litigious society?
  • —Michael T. Osterholm and Mark Olshaker

First Known Use of overprescribe

1953

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Medical Dictionary

overprescribe

verb over·pre·scribe \ -pri-ˈskrīb \

medical Definition of overprescribe

overprescribed; overprescribing
: to prescribe excessive or unnecessary medication
: to prescribe (medication) unnecessarily or to excess

overprescription

play \-pri-ˈskrip-shən\ noun

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