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[e-drug] New resource on problem drugs in Francophone Africa

  • From: Elizabeth Hayes <HayesWaller@compuserve.com>
  • Date: Thu, 3 Feb 2000 10:32:01 -0500 (EST)

E-drug: New resource on problem drugs in Francophone Africa

Dear E-drug members,

Health Action International would like to inform you about
"Médicaments à Problèmes" a new source of information about
problem drugs for those involved in rational drug issues in
Francophone Africa and other French-speaking areas.

With best wishes,

Lisa Hayes
Publications & Information Officer
Health Action International
e-mail: HayesWaller@compuserve.com

Book Announcement

French-language version of Problem Drugs now available

Complete with new chapter annexes of information from Francophone
African countries

Health Action International (HAI) Africa* and Le Réseau Médicaments
et Développement (ReMeD) are pleased to announce the publication
of the French-language version of the widely acclaimed book, Problem
Drugs, by Andrew Chetley (Amsterdam: HAI, 1995).

In 1997, HAI and ReMeD agreed that a French version of the book,
updated with information from and about medicines use in
Francophone Africa, would be a valuable education and advocacy tool
for our partners and contacts in that region. ReMeD commissioned
the addition of "Francophone Contexts" for the majority of the original
chapters. These chapter annexes provide new information and
Francophone perspectives to the challenges of problem drugs.
English-language brand names of drugs were adapted, as appropriate,
to the names commonly used in France and Francophone Africa.

According to Chetley:
"Every drug has risks.The problem is not a few hazardous drugs
promoted by one or two wayward companies in the pharmaceutical
industry. It is an inevitable result of the way in which the
pharmaceutical market is structured and operates. What makes a
drug a problem is not so much its inherent pharmacological risks, but
the way it is prescribed and used."

In this carefully documented analysis, the author covers a wide range
of the most overused and misused medicines, including
antidiarrhoeals, antibiotics, analgesics, growth stimulants, cough and
cold remedies, vitamin supplements, drugs in pregnancy and

· The book contains special sections that focus on children, women
and the elderly.
· It highlights examples of the pharmaceutical industry's unethical
marketing, double standards and failure to meet real medical needs.
· It outlines how problems with medicines often begin with the
prescriber, who overprescribes more drugs than are needed or
prescribes drugs in dangerous combinations, and with consumers,
who mistakenly insist on certain drugs or drug combinations in order
to feel as though they have been treated.
· Each chapter includes a section of positive steps that will reduce
the misuse and overuse of drugs and clear recommendations for

This unique and important book will help transform the thinking and
practices of health workers, pharmacists, health policy makers,
medical students, consumers and media in Francophone Africa.

Individual requests (one copy per person) cost US$20 or Euro20
(excluding postage).
Please contact HAI Europe (e-mail: hai@hai.antenna.nl) or ReMeD
(e-mail: ReMeD75013@aol.com) for additional ordering information
and details on free copies for those working in developing countries.

* For more information about HAI Africa, visit
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