Indian Express, September 20, 2012
Some of the most irrationally prescribed drugs were antibiotics, NSAIDs (Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs), PPI (Proton pump inhibitors), H2 Blockers, vitamins, antipsychotics and antihistaminics. RUD guideline requires that patients receive medications appropriate to their clinical needs, in doses that meet their own individual requirements, for an adequate period of time, and at the lowest cost to them and their community.
The overuse, under-use or misuse of medicines result in wastage of scarce resources and widespread health hazards. The World Health Organisation (WHO) has also described the irrational use of medicines as a major problem worldwide. WHO estimates that more than half of all medicines are prescribed, dispensed or sold inappropriately, and that half of all patients fail to take them correctly.