official report – Famagusta Gazette


About 10 percent of medicines dispensed in primary care in England were

“over-prescribed,” increasing the risk of side effects, according to a government report Wednesday.

A study by Keith Ridge, director of pharmaceutical prescribing for England, found that 10% of prescription products dispensed through primary care in England are either inappropriate for the circumstances and wishes of these patients, or could be better served with alternative treatments.

The review also found that around one in five people aged 65 and over are admitted to hospitals in England and suffer from side effects from drugs prescribed by doctors. It showed that 15 percent of people take five or more medications per day, which increases the risk of side effects.

“The more drugs a person takes, the more likely it is that one or more of these drugs will have an unwanted or harmful effect. Certain medications, such as those intended to lower blood pressure, may also increase the risk of falls in frail and elderly people, ”the report says.

UK Health Secretary Sajid Javid said: “This is an extremely important review that will have a lasting impact on people’s lives and improve the way drugs are prescribed.”

“With 15 percent of people taking five or more drugs per day, in some cases to cope with side effects of another drug, more needs to be done to listen to patients and help clinical teams fight overprescribing,” he added.


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