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Proton pump inhibitors

MagazineApril 2009 (Vol. 20 Issue 1)Proton pump inhibitors

9bn) worldwide is being spent unnecessarily each year on indigestion drugs, accord-ing to a recent editorial published in the British Medical Journal (BMJ, 2008; 336: 2-3)

Almost lb2bn (US$3.9bn) worldwide is being spent unnecessarily each year on indigestion drugs, accord-ing to a recent editorial published in the British Medical Journal (BMJ, 2008; 336: 2-3).

The report highlights the impact of such overprescribing on drug budgets around the globe, but the real problem could be what this means for the millions of patients taking these drugs, as they are linked to a number serious adverse effects.

Proton pump inhibitors (PPIs), which stop the backflow of stomach acid up into the oesophagus, are among the most commonly prescribed classes of drugs in the world.

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