prescribe vs proscribe : Common Errors in English

About prescribe vs proscribe

You recommend something when you prescribe it, but you forbid it when you proscribe it. The usually positive function of “pro-” confuses many people.

prescribe Meaning(s)

  • (v) issue commands or orders for

proscribe Meaning(s)

  • (v) command against

prescribe in News

  1. Scant data on seizure drugs for women's genital pain

    By Kerry Grens NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Although doctors sometimes prescribe anti-seizure drugs to treat chronic pain in the vulva, just a handful of low-quality studies have examined the drugs' effects, according to a new review. Based on these studies, "it's very difficult to make definitive statements on efficacy," said Dr. Raphael Leo, the study's author from the State University of New ...
    on June 14, 2013 Source: Reuters via Yahoo! News

  2. GlaxoSmithKline investigates bribe claims in China, WSJ says

    GalxoSmithKline is investigating allegations by a tipster that say the company's sales staff in China bribed doctors to prescribe drugs from 2004-2010, reports The Wall Street Journal.
    on June 13, 2013 Source: via Yahoo! Finance

  3. Brain Scans Predict Treatment Outcome in Depression Patients

    A biomarker could cut the trial-and-error of finding a patient’s best therapy. A brain scan could one day help doctors prescribe the best treatment to patients with major depressive disorder. In JAMA Psychiatry on Wednesday , researchers describe how a PET scan can reveal whether a patient will respond better to drugs or cognitive behavior therapy. This could have a “significant health and ...
    on June 13, 2013 Source: Technology Review

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