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Chronic patients seek cheaper alternative treatments

A study conducted among chronic patients in Hungary found that every second person has at least one time been unable to purchase the medication prescribed by their doctors.

The study conducted by Szinapszis Kft on commission from the WEBBEteg.hu health portal reveals that 13% of chronically ill people regularly do not purchase their prescribed drugs because of the cost. Among those earning less than HUF 50,000 the ratio is even higher, 27%.

As to whether these patients are willing to opt for alterative pharmaceutical products, the picture is more diverse. Only 22% said that their pharmacists voluntarily recommend substitute products, but even this is only common for people suffering from several conditions and who are therefore required to dole out bigger amounts at drug stores on a regular basis. At the same time, the majority, 51% of patients say that despite the possible cost benefits, they are sticking to the products that they have grown accustomed to and have been taking - possibly for several years.

Hungarian patients in need of regular medication seem to show great reverence for what the doctor says, with three quarters of them claiming they ardently observe the prescribed use and dosage of a given product. Only 23% say they are prone to modifying the dosage, and 2% said they tend to disregard the prescribed procedure altogether.

Only a comparative low percentage of participants said they would abandon their prescribed medication without first consulting with their physicians. (BBJ)