Session on social issues in use of medicines

Session on social issues in use of medicines

A variety of social issues ranging from cost of medicines, cultural beliefs, inadequate knowledge, and aggressive pharmaceutical promotion among others influence the use of medicines. Unfortunately this issue does not get the attention it deserves during medical school. Dr Shankar has been facilitating sessions on social issues in use of medicines for over 15 years. He has published a description of the sessions for the benefit of other educators in the web portal, MedEdPORTAL maintained by the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC). Dr Shankar has been facilitating this small group, activity-based session at AIMU since May 2017. Among the issues explored are variation in the cost of medicines, ambiguous pricing, disease mongering, aggressive and unethical pharmaceutical promotion, and wrong beliefs about disease and medicines. Students identify the learning issues in each scenario and try to explore/address the same using role-plays. The sessions have been well liked by the students. The most recent session took place on Friday, 18th May 2018. We are confident that these and other sessions on rational use of medicines will help in creating more careful and ethical prescribers!

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