Pharma industry has no role in the education of doctors

In careers spanning decades and with new medicines constantly coming on-stream, most GPs never get tested on their prescribing skills or receive unbiased advice on drugs

11th February, 2018

Last weekend The Sunday Business Post highlighted the surge in prescribing of opiates and painkillers among those with medical cards. One in ten people are on benzodiazepines and/or Z drugs [sleeping tablets] – many for much longer than recommended.

Poor quality prescribing is not confined to this therapeutic area but may be observed in the prescribing of cardiovascular drugs, particularly new oral anticoagulants, and proton pump inhibitors [for conditions such as acid reflux] which...

Subscribe from just €1 for the first month!

Exclusive offers:

All Digital Access + eReader



Unlimited Access for 1 Month

Get basic

*New subscribers only

You can cancel any time.



€149 For the 1st Year

Unlimited Access for 1 Year

You can cancel any time.




90 Day Pass

You can cancel any time.

2 Yearly



Unlimited Access for 2 Years

You can cancel any time.

Team Pass

Get a Business Account for you and your team

Share this post

Related Stories

Private rental sector remains strong despite Covid-19

How the programme for government will shape housing

Insight Niall Byrne 4 months ago

Comment: US must defuse Covid-19’s ticking time bomb of debt

Insight Todd G Buchholz 4 months ago

Comment: The recovery will be more U than V-shaped

Insight Larry Hatheway 4 months ago