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Awareness and Attitudes about Disease Mongering among Medical and Pharmaceutical Students

  • C. Jairaj Kumar mail,
  • Abhizith Deoker,
  • Ashwini Kumar,
  • Arunachalam Kumar,

    Affiliation: Kasturba Medical College Mangalore, Karnataka, India

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  • B. M Hegde

    Affiliation: Manipal Academy of Higher Education, Manipal, Karnataka, India

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  • Published: April 11, 2006
  • DOI: 10.1371/journal.pmed.0030213
  • Featured in PLOS Collections

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Drug Dispensing In India

Posted by plosmedicine on 30 Mar 2009 at 23:52 GMT

Author: Ravindranath Reddy
Position: Dr
Institution: Manipal College Of Dental Sciences
E-mail: ravinr99@gmail.com
Submitted Date: April 11, 2006
Published Date: April 11, 2006
This comment was originally posted as a “Reader Response” on the publication date indicated above. All Reader Responses are now available as comments.

In response to this Article, I would like to share my experience regarding unethical means of drug dispensing from pharmacists and medical quacks. Especially in rural parts of India, it is a very common practice and the real culprits are the pharmacists and medical Quacks. This becomes a greater problem because much of it goes unnoticed, which in turn encourages this unethical means of association of pharmacists and medical quacks. This became so prevalent that a common rural inhabitant who is uneducated and poor believes that these unqualified medical quacks are the real doctors and takes the medication dispensed by him at a very high cost compromising their own health.

In my perspective this largely unnoticed unfair tendency to medicalize the poor and uneducated and innocent should be resisted at any cost.The government, medical associatations and motivated individuals should make an united effort to restrict this menace.

I would like to congragulate the authors of this Article for bringing into light this neglected issue in rural parts of India. I hope this Article would draw the attention of concerned authorities to take necessary action againist the culprits.

No competing interests declared.