Misuse of Prescription Medicines in South Asia (Part 2)

According to the UN, after cannabis and heroin, the misuse of pharmaceutical drugs is rising among sub continental drug users because of their easy availability at cheap rates and this is becoming a huge concern. The misuse of pharmaceutical drugs poses a serious problem for India and South Asian countries because of their availability at low prices. (ref) Codeine-based cough syrups, diazepam and proxyvon are some of the pharmaceutical drugs that are quite popular among addicts. Further to this, misuse of pharmaceutical drugs is a big concern in the subcontinent as they are produced by pharmaceutical companies in India and Bangladesh. This is a major concern as pharmacists in India regularly sell prescription drugs without prescriptions. Despite legislative reforms by the Government, prescription drugs from Indian pharmacies are being illegally trafficked out of India to other parts of the world. (ref) The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime argue that many problems regarding prescription drug abuse arise when doctors prescribe highly addictive medicines in too large of dosages, or prescribe these medicines based on inaccurate diagnoses. (ref) It is evident that prescription medicine misuse is a global epidemic that needs to be urgently addressed. Increased efforts to provide better training for healthcare practitioners, education for the public as well as monitoring a patient’s medication history can help to combat this serious problem. To learn more about MediSecure’s Real Time Prescription Monitoring tool, visit our website at...

Misuse of Prescription Medicines in South Asia (Part 1)

Globally, pharmaceutical misuse is increasing, particularly in developed countries such as the United States, Canada and Australia. However, a similar trend of prescription medicine misuse is occurring in South Asia and this is becoming a huge concern. Pharmaceutical drug misuse refers to any use of pharmaceutical drugs that is inconsistent with the intended use or directions. (ref) Bangladesh has a thriving pharmaceutical industry with a fairly large scale manufacturing capability that produces ‘medicines of addiction’ such as benzodiazepines. In fact, the pharmaceutical industry is growing at an impressive annual growth rate of 9%. (ref) The main pharmaceutical drugs of abuse in Bangladesh include: codeine-based cough syrups, diazepam, painkillers and buprenorphine. Experts believe that the reasons behind the misuse of pharmaceuticals are: curiosity, lack of alternative social activities as well as the lack of awareness of their effects and associated risks. The misuse of pharmaceutical drugs has become a grave issue, particularly in the rural parts of the country. One of the major challenges faced by the Government is the lack of supervision or verification around the unauthorized use of these pharmaceutical drugs. More importantly, it is important to facilitate access for treatment of opioid dependency and ensuring that healthcare system is able to provide quality care and prevent further misuse of pharmaceutical drugs. For more information on MediSecure’s Real Time Prescription Monitoring tool, please visit our website at...

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