Medicine is any material that is used to get health benefits and improve your daily life quality.
In today’s era, the patient’s tendency is more towards medicinal treatment. The trend is increasing day by day to have treatment by medicines.
Today there are 759 Pharmaceutical units including 25 multinationals in Pakistan by which is meeting 79% of medicinal demand in the country by the report of the Pakistan Pharmaceutical Manufacturer’s Association.
The global pharmaceutical market has increased 3% annual compound growth rate since 2014 according to a report disclosed by IQVIA (Quintiles and IMS Health Inc. An American multinational company serving the combined industries of health information technology and clinical research).
Moreover, this report reveals that diabetes, respiratory, cardiovascular, and cancer treatments which account for 71% of deaths worldwide that comprise most of the medicine use.
The wise use of medicine means a lot
The irrational use of medicine (wrong use of medicine) includes:
Taking too much and unnecessarily over the counter medicines(over the counter medicines are those which are available in pharmacy store without any prescription for example Disprin, Panadol, allergy, flu and cough medicines, vomit medicines, etc)
Use of too many medicines at a time
Inappropriate way of the usage of antimicrobials especially when someone stops to take medicines by himself/herself when they feel healthy
The rational use of medicine(Right use of medicine) includes:
Taking medicine inaccurate dose
Taking medicine for the right duration that is prescribed
Choosing medicine of lowest cost and maximum beneficial output to health
Therefore irrational use has a declining impact both on health and the economy.
An experimental study was made for recording the knowledge and attitude of University students towards rational use of medicine in University of Malaysia.When is was asked that Do you require additional counselling from Pharmacist about medicine 73.8% responded YES and 26.1% responded NO. That study left behind a positive outcome that university student community is much aware about importance of consultation about medicines. (Study published in November-December 2020,International Journal of Medical Sciences)
How to use medicines rationally?
Consulting with a professional pharmacist is the best choice to have rational use of drugs and having a guideline on right way to use medicines specially when it comes to using a lot of medicines together.
Because chances of occurring drug-drug interaction are there while using many medicines together.
Pharmacist can also guide you which kind of food should not be taken while taking a specific medicine due to food-drug interaction.
Advancements in Pharmacies for availability of medicine with rational use goals
E pharmacy is pharmacy operates online over internet and provides door step service by delivering medicines to customers sitting at home. It is time saving and more convenient.
Moreover, different E pharmacies provide additional services like lab tests, sets reminders for your medication, fitness related products etc. Different E pharmacy apps are available with such services for example;
On the contrary Conventional pharmacy is not time saving as well as price of drugs is more.
By Doctor Musaab Asif
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