Disease mongering is a term coined to describe an unethical marketing practice undertaken by pharma manufacturers in which the consumers are made to take medications for the diseases that are literally non-existential. Consequently, the patient pays for being healthy but “blind”.
It’s not just the pharma companies that are solely responsible for this sort of practice. A bigger share in the crime is also taken by the doctors or prescribers. As we get ill, we are flooded upon by the pills, which in many cases are not required. Over-prescription is a sensitive health issue in Nepal.
A commoner with little or no knowledge of medication is often misguided by the doctors and made to gulp down the pills. Even an educated citizen or other paramedics are “too” much concerned with their health that they end up promoting disease mongering. In essence, nobody wants to take the risk when it comes to one’s own health.
The first and foremost cause of disease mongering is simple, it all revolves around money. Manufacturers need more sales and the doctors need more commission. Things are simple, easily understandable and readily trackable.
The only question that hovers around my mind is how such practices are given green signals when everyone knows the devasting long-term effects such as antibiotic resistance, increased incidence of side effects and burdening economic costs.
As a patient, it becomes very important that you learn about your condition, the medications prescribed and overall effects you will have after consumption. Simply, you have paid a hefty amount just to talk to your doctor.
If your doctor is too busy, it’s not your fault. They have to deliver what they have charged for.
Therefore do not hold back, if you have any queries or want to learn more, talk to your doctor or pharmacist.