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Tuesday, Dec 07, 2021
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Medicine: Pill-Popping

Rx Negative, Genetically

People who play doctor or heed quackery are biting off more than they can chew

Rx Negative, Genetically
Sanjay Rawat
Rx Negative, Genetically
outlookindia.com
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Whenever a patient with bleeding in the stomach or a child whose fever has not subsided in a week is admitted into Sasaram-based physician B.B. Singh’s clinic, he immediately knows that it’s a case of self-medication. “At least 40-50 per cent of my patients have either had sleeping pills, or antibiotics, or painkillers without a prescription,” Dr Singh says. “I’ve worked all over the world, but never seen anything like this,” he adds.

And in a consumer-driven market environment where you can get just about any medicine you want across the counter, it doesn’t matter if you’re from a rural village in Bihar or an educated Delhiite.

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