Misprescribing is widespread among German doctors, says report

BMJ 2011; 342 doi: (Published 20 June 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d3854
  1. Ned Stafford
  1. 1Hamburg

German doctors often overprescribe or misprescribe drugs, says a new report commissioned by one of Germany’s largest public health insurers.

The annual pharmaceuticals report by Barmer GEK concludes that German doctors often prescribe highly addictive sleeping pills, antipsychotics to people with Alzheimer’s disease, and so called third generation contraceptive pills instead of second generation pills, which the report says are safer.

Gerd Glaeske, of the Centre for Social Policy Research at the University of Bremen and the report’s main author, told the BMJ that the report is the only one in Germany to compare drug prescriptions with doctors’ diagnoses. It is based on …

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