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U.S. physicians wrote, on average, 1,900 prescriptions each in 1998, according to the pharmaceutical consulting firm Scott-Levin. That average was down seven percent from 1997, reports Scott-Levin's Source Prescription Audit, which monitors retail prescriptions nationwide.

Primary care doctors (general practitioners, internists) wrote more than 53 percent of prescriptions dispensed in 1998, followed by OB/GYNs (6.1 percent), pediatricians (5.3 percent), cardiolog

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