Posted by: brittanyng | September 7, 2010

Drugwatch: Keeping an Eye on Pharmaceuticals

Global health issues arise from a number of issues; we’ve already discussed poverty and poor health systems as contributing factors.  Many people would also name drug abuse as a contributing factor to the unhealthy world we live in. 

A less understood issue arising from poor health systems is that our use, or rather abuse, of perscription drugs has the potential for more harm than good.  Thankfully, there are resources available to us as consumers to know what to watch for and how to improve our use of drugs. 

Drugwatch.com is a comprehensive web site featuring extensive information about medications, drug interactions, and drug side effects to aid in the protection of patients and consumers.  By providing FDA alerts, drug interactions, and potential side effects on the site, patients have access to valuable knowledge that could enhance their ability to voice concerns with their doctor and improve their quality of care.

A side note:  the correct use and disposal of prescription drugs are also critical to controlling some of the harmful results.  If we will make sure to follow the directions for taking the prescription drug and then dispose of them at an established waste collection site (and NOT down the toilet or straight into the garbage), we can better prevent not only the reselling of left-over prescription drugs, but also the development of resistant strains of bacterial/viral diseases and the pollution our drinking water and natural environment.  The presciption drug trafficking issues globally can also be better managed as we learn to manage our own use of prescription drugs. 

See www.drugwatch.com and http://www.whitehousedrugpolicy.gov/about/index.html for more information!

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