Editorial: There is a wonderful listserve Essential Drugs on E-Drugs@healthnet.org. It’s an information service rather than a discussion forum.
E-DRUG: Swedish essential medicines list now in English
This is an interesting development having a Swedish document translated to English! The list “Kloka listan” is a list of essential medicines for common diseases. When it was first launched, in Stockholm area in 2001, it was decided to use different marketing tools make it known to people (posters and interviews with the public in public places, TV spots etc.). So much so that a patient would, when the doctor was to write a prescription, ask if he wrote a medicines that was on the wise list! Shows the value of putting resources into education and mimic industry tactics, not just making decisions that people don’t understand why they should follow.
I clicked on this and went in to read it, thinking this was promising. The idea is very appealing – especially the activism component.
My comment on the psychotropic section of The Wise List in English if printed would be a sequence of profanities. It’s what you would expect when people make selections based on ghostwritten articles whose data is sequestered – a document almost completely captured by marketing departments.
It’s a list not of which drugs are best but which marketing departments have been best.
I would be interested to hear anyone else’s view for the cardiology, respiratory and other all other sections that have a heavy preponderance of on-patent drugs.
I realize E-Drug is not supposed to be a discussion forum – I will post the document on RxISK.org for anyone who wants to comment.
The activism component of this idea is wonderful but it’s disturbing to think it might be captured so readily by company marketing.
The Wise List is above and here.