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Cardiovascular Drugs Our Patients Take

Course Number: 581


A patient’s overall health status determines the patient’s ability to undergo and respond to dental care. Consequently, patient-specific problems that may interfere with the clinical process must be identified. In determining perioperative risk, clinicians must consider multiple factors, including past and present illnesses; major hospitalizations; adverse drug reactions; the prescription and OTC medication profile; special diets; vital signs; and functional capacity.1

In the United States there are approximately 500 Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-approved active ingredients, i.e., therapeutic agents, available in several thousand different formulations.2 ClinCalc DrugStats provides prescription drug utilization data estimates based on the annual Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS).2 The most recently published report reflects prescriptions for the year 2020. The Top 300 Prescription Drugs represent 60% of all available therapeutic agents and 97% of all prescription drugs dispensed by U.S. community pharmacies.2