Saturday, September 15, 2012

Health News: Half of medicines sold in France are ‘useless’

While the people in third world countries have no access to general health care facilities, it is other way round for the developed countries like France, where useless medicines are sold with no check by the government.

Two top French medical specialists say half of the drugs sold in France “are useless” or bad for patients’ health. The pair blame pressure from the pharmaceuticals industry for keeping superfluous drugs on the market at huge expense to the taxpayer.

According to Philippe Even, former head of the Necker Hospital in Paris, and Bernard Debré, a doctor and member of parliament for the opposition UMP party, one in two medicines sold in pharmacies have absolutely no health benefit, while 5% are actively harmful.

Read more: France24


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