In 2013, the self-medication market accounted for 16% of the global drug market in France.
Self-medication seems to be a trend, particularly with the recent and rapid expansion of online pharmacy sites and the desire of supermarkets to be able to sell non-prescription drugs.
Let's be clear: our health authorities, like the pharmaceutical companies, are both uncomfortable with developing self-medication. The first to save money, the others to make profits! But since self-medication should still develop, it is important to be particularly knowledgeable. Because absorbing drugs (especially without the advice of a health professional), can cause problems ... and sometimes serious!
Indeed, in France, nearly 4% of hospitalizations are due to iatrogenic accidents, that is to say related to the harmful effects that a drug treatment triggers because of the drug itself or its misuse. The most affected are children and the elderly, where this figure rises to 10%. Among these figures, it is difficult to know exactly the number of accidents related to self-medication, but it is certain that its share of responsibility is surely important.
In this file, discover the opinions and advice of a pharmacist and a doctor on self-medication. Discover also the tools available thanks to new technologies, sites and applications for smartphones, allowing to obtain solutions quickly and at any time. These apps offering self-medication related to your symptoms are more numerous. This file details the operation of one of them ...You want to react, to give your testimony or to ask a question? See you in our FORUMS Medications or A doctor answers you!
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Authors: Camille Ozuru and Dr. Nicolas Evrard
Alain Delgutte, President of the Central Council of Pharmacists holding pharmacies.
Dr. Loïc Etienne, emergency doctor and founder of e-doctor
Dr. Arthur André, surgeon and co-founder of CitizenDoc application.