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Half of all health care meds are wrongly prescribed, purchased and ingested, says report

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Datum: 05.06.2010 18:37
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Half of all health care meds are wrongly prescribed, purchased and
ingested, says report

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Half of all health care drugs are prescribed, dispensed or sold
inappropriately, and half of all patients who receive drugs do not
take them correctly, according to a new report by the World Health
Organization. This "irrational" use of medicines leads to
complications of health care conditions, a waste of precious resources
- especially in developing countries - and the exacerbation of the
very health conditions the drugs were designed to treat. Chief among
the problems: bacterial resistance driven by overuse of antibiotics,
including by people who buy them inappropriately and then self-

From cheap and easy, over-the-counter access to prescribed drugs like
the antibiotics, to the pressure exerted on health care providers to
provide more expensive drugs than the health care condition in
question requires, misuse of drugs is widespread and growing,
according to the WHO. That international health organization lists as
the most common problems:

* polypharmacy (use of too many medicines);
* overuse of antibiotics and injections;
* failure to prescribe in accordance with clinical guidelines;
* inappropriate self-medication.

These problems result in severe health care consequences. Among those
include bacterial resistance to milder, cheaper antibiotics, adverse
patient reactions to taking inappropriate medications, strain on
national public health budgets (especially in the developing world),
and an eroding of patient confidence in medical systems and

The causes are equally troubling. The WHO lists the causes as lack of
skills among health care providers, unethical promotion by drug
companies, drug profits, widespread availability of medicines,
overworked health care providers, and lack of a coordinated, national
policy on pharmaceutical controls in too many countries.

Of those reasons, there is one in particular that stands out. It is
interesting because it is also a factor in drug misuse and overuse in
the developed world, as well: pressure by pharmaceutical companies to
sell their product. In the United States, as well as in many parts of
the developing world, drug companies are allowed to market their
products directly to consumers. Yet they spend even more on marketing
to health care providers. All this advertising results in increasing
demand for drugs, even when their use is neither rational nor
appropriate. How do we control this in the developed world? Let us
know your thoughts.

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