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‘More medicine is better’ culture lies at the heart of healthcare according to Dr. Aseem Malhotra
Thursday, July 28, 2016 8:40 am Email this article
“There is no doubt that a ‘more medicine is better’ culture lies at the heart of healthcare.
“This is exacerbated by financial incentives within the system to prescribe more drugs and carry out more procedures - regardless of whether it benefits patients, it seems.
“But there’s a more sinister barrier to making progress to raise awareness of - and thus tackle - such issues that we should be most concerned about.
“And that’s the information that is being provided to doctors and patients to guide treatment decisions,” Dr. Aseem Malhotra, a London-based cardiologist, was quoted as saying in a recent article in The Daily Mail.
He wrote: “For the sake of our future health and the sustainability of the NHS [Britain’s National Health Service] it’s time for real collective action against ‘too much medicine’, starting with the Public Accounts Committee launching a full independent inquiry into the efficacy and safety of medicines.”
Dr. Malhotra is one of six doctors warning about the influence of drug companies on the prescribing of drugs.
Dr. Malhotra launching the campaign
Dr. Malhotra, who is launching the campaign in a personal capacity, is a trustee of the King’s Fund health think tank, a member of the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges and advisor to the National Obesity Forum the article notes.
The six experts warning about too much medicine does more harm than good
These experts include: 1) Sir Richard Thompson, former-president of the Royal College of Physicians and personal doctor to England’s Queen for 21 years; 2) Dr. Aseem Malhotra, a London-based cardiologist; 3) Professor John Ashton, president of the Faculty of Public Health in Britain; 4) psychiatrist Dr. JS Bamrah, chairman of the British Association of Physicians of Indian Origin in Britain; 5) cardiologist Professor Rita Redberg, MD editor of medical journal JAMA Internal Medicine; 6) Professor James McCormack, a pharmaceutical scientist.
Hodgekiss A, and Spencer B. How Big Pharma greed is killing tens of thousands around the world: Patients are over-medicated and often given profitable drugs with ‘little proven benefits,’ leading doctors warn. The Daily Mail, 2016 Feb 23.
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