Well­ness Arti­cles

Amer­i­cans Take More Drugs

From the Jan­u­ary 16 2001 PRnewswire is a story that reveals some star­tling num­bers. Accord­ing to a sur­vey con­ducted for the Amer­i­can Soci­ety of Health-​System Phar­ma­cists (ASHP), 51% of Amer­i­can adults take two or more med­ica­tions per day, which include over-​the-​counter drugs. The study also showed that 46% take at least one pre­scrip­tion med­ica­tion daily and 28% take mul­ti­ple pre­scrip­tion drugs per day. These fig­ures show that an alarm­ing rate of the adult pop­u­la­tion in the United States uses drugs of some kind. As expected the elderly have the high­est rate of med­ica­tion usage with 79% of those over 65 reported to be tak­ing at least one med­ica­tion daily. Amer­i­cans who are over 65 and take med­ica­tions take an aver­age of 4 med­ica­tions per day per per­son. One of the con­cerns expressed by the ASHP pres­i­dent, Mick L. Hunt, M.S., was that med­ica­tions could have bad inter­ac­tions when mixed. Hunt said, “We want all patients to be aware of the poten­tial for drug inter­ac­tions that occur when mix­ing all of these reme­dies, espe­cially when tak­ing mul­ti­ple med­ica­tions each day.”

Ran­dom Article

Pub­lished in the May 2006 issue of the peer reviewed sci­en­tific jour­nal, The Jour­nal of Manip­u­la­tive and Phys­i­o­log­i­cal Ther­a­peu­tics, is a study that

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