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PPIs Should Be Taken with Meals, But Few Patients Do So

KEY POINT

The unique pharmacologic properties of the proton-pump inhibitors (PPIs) make administration just before a meal highly advantageous. But, according to a recent survey, only 12% of patients were taking the agent during the preferred 15–30 minutes before meals.

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