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Doctors In Southeast Asia Overprescribe Many Medicines

This article was originally published in PharmAsia News

Executive Summary

Physicians throughout Southeast Asia are overprescribing antibiotics and other drugs because of the profit motive, according to some experts. A Hong Kong professor said overmedication was popular in the region because doctors profit and parents feel happier when they believe their children are being taken care of. But experts warn the practice, which the experts say occurs from Indonesia to Hong Kong, is contributing to drug-resistant viruses. Roche's Tamiflu (oseltamivir) for treating H1N1 influenza is an example of a drug increasingly ineffective because of overuse. (Click here for more



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