The Prescrire journal listed drugs with “an unfavorable benefit-risk balance in all clinical situations for which they are authorized.”
Rabat – The medical journal Prescrire has published its 2019 black list of medicines that are “more dangerous than useful” and that should be avoided due to their “excessive health risks.”
The articles lists 93 drugs the journal deems to have “an unfavorable benefit-risk balance in all clinical situations for which they are authorized,” says Prescrire.
On the list is Toplexil, a drug marketed since the 1950s to treat coughing; Detractyl, a muscle relaxant; and Cimetidine, an anti-allergy medication used for stomach disorders.
Treatments for cancer, diabetes, heart disease, skin disease, allergies, muscle aches, coughing and colds, stomach aches, psychiatric diseases, gynecological disorders, eye problems, and nicotine addiction are on the list.
The Mieux Prescrire Association, which publishes the journal, is a French subscriber-funded non-profit. It is “independent from the influences of firms and organizations in charge of managing healthcare systems.”