Medicine: Stop Wasteful Prescribing Habits

  Medicine: Stop Wasteful Prescribing Habits

   THE Consumers Association of Penang (CAP) views with apprehension

   the Health Ministry’s strategy in tackling the problem of

   over-prescription, rather than the underlying cause, by calling on the

   public to return unused or expired medications at selected government

   medical centres and hospitals. The rationale is to protect the

   environment against indiscriminate disposal of expired medications and

   save government cost from the reuse of unopened medications in good  



   The common medications returned were those used to treat

  cardiovascular diseases and diabetes, anti-hypertensive agents and

   anti-cholesterol drugs.


   Patients are often prescribed medications they don’t need or in greater

   doses than required. This has become a norm in government and

   private hospitals here.

   Patients are given a host of medications, pushing up their medical bills

   per visit. We see those without cough prescribed cough mixtures, those

   without fever getting paracetamol, and lotions or creams are thrown in

   as well.


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Medicine: Stop Wasteful Prescribing Habits