Sunday, September 16, 2012
Sacre bleu Part Deux
Half of all medicines being prescribed by doctors in France are either useless or potentially dangerous for patients, according to two eminent medical specialists. They blame the powerful pharmaceutical companies for keeping these drugs on sale at huge expense to the health system and the taxpayer.
Professor Philippe Even, director of the prestigious Necker Institute, and Bernard Debré, a doctor and member of parliament, say removing what they describe as superfluous and hazardous drugs from the list of those paid for by the French health service would save up to €10 billion (£8 billion) a year. It would also prevent up to 20,000 deaths linked to the medication and reduce hospital admissions by up to 100,000, they claim.
In their 900-page book "The Guide to the 4,000 Useful, Useless or Dangerous Medicines", Even and Debré examined the effectiveness, risks and cost of pharmaceutical drugs available in France.