Survey: Anti-Depressants Main PBS Drug Of Australian Women
This article was originally published in PharmAsia News
Australian women buy more doses of anti-depressants than contraceptive pills, according to a new survey of prescriptions under the nation's Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme. Not all contraceptive medicines are covered by PBS, but that type of drug came in second to anti-depressants, which the 20-year study said comprised 8 percent of PBS drugs bought by women 27-32 years old. Next were asthma inhalants and penicillin. Anti-depressants also were the major drug for middle-aged women between 2003 and 2005 of the study, but that group's other main drugs were for peptic ulcers and lower cholesterol. (Click here for more
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