Study: Germans swallow 1.5 drugs a day

The Germans swallow medicines every day

In Germany, every insured person takes an average of 1.5 prescription drugs a day, according to the results of an analysis by the AOK Scientific Institute (WidO). On average, women take significantly more medication than men. Drug consumption is particularly high among the elderly.

37.9 billion daily medication doses last year In 2012, the almost 70 million policyholders insured in Germany were prescribed a total of 633 million medication packs. These packages contained 37.9 billion daily doses, 45 percent more than in 2004. On average, that is 1.5 medicines per day for every insured person. In 2004, according to WidO, one medication per day was enough for the patient. The deputy managing director of the AOK Scientific Institute (WidO), Helmut Schröder, also stated: “It is known that drug consumption is particularly high among older people and increases with the number of illnesses. In addition, women generally consume 20 percent more medicines than men. "

68,000 different drugs with 2,500 different active ingredients The range of drug prescriptions can be analyzed using the defined daily doses (DDD). With the help of this classification, experts can find out which of the almost 68,000 different prescribed pharmaceutical packs with which of the almost 2,500 different active ingredients are used in which quantities per year. An analysis by the AOK Scientific Institute (WidO) showed that the most common prescription for high blood pressure was RamiLich (Ramipril), a product of Winthrop. In total, 20.8 percent of all prescribed medicines were used for high blood pressure medication with ACE inhibitors and sartans. This corresponds to 7.9 billion daily doses.

Most drugs are prescribed for the major common diseases In addition to high blood pressure and other medicines for patients with cardiovascular diseases, it was mainly against gastrointestinal diseases or for diabetics that were prescribed most often. A total of 86 percent of the prescribed daily doses with their 841 individual active ingredients or combinations of active ingredients fall into the 20 most prescribed active ingredient classes. This shows that the major common diseases in Germany are primarily treated with medication. (sb)

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