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Consumption of prescribed medicine increases four times for parents

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUIn 2014, medicines, herbal medicines, vitamins not prescribed by a doctor were used by 54% of Latvia population aged over 14.

Since 2008, consumption of non-prescribed medicines has increased by 13 percentage points. Prescribed medicines (except contraceptive pills or hormones) were used by 41.4 % of Latvia population.

Analysis of the data in various socio-economic breakdowns shows the smallest number of persons using prescribed medicines in Zemgale region (37.7 %), in richest households (29.8 %, 5th (top) quintile), among unemployed (27.1 %), and among people with highest education (38.8 %). Whereas the highest number of prescribed medicines users may be observed in Kurzeme region (44.4 %), among population with low level of education (49.2 %), among inactive population (61.8 %), as well as among persons with higher Body Mass Index (62.4 %), according to provisional data of the Central Statistical Bureau of Latvia.

Habits of using medicines differ notably between genders. In 2014, prescribed medicines were used by the half of females (49.9 %) and almost one third of males (30.7 %), whereas non-prescribed medicines – by 43 % of males and 62.7 % of females. As age of the person increases, the share of both females and males using medicines is growing sharply. Consumption of non-prescribed medicines among females is equally high in all age groups, while among males the indicator grows steadily. For example, in 2014 non-prescribed medicines were used by 34.5 % of males aged 15–24 and by 56.6 % of males aged over 75.

Consumption of non-prescribed medicines rises with age. In 2014, non-prescribed medicines were used by 44.2 % of young people aged 15–24 and by 64.4 % of elderly people aged over 74. However, consumption of prescribed medicines tends to increase more rapidly – ageing makes to consume 1.4 times more non-prescribed medicines and 4 times more prescribed medicines. The share of young people (aged 15–24) using non-prescribed medicines accounts for 44.2 %, while the share of ones using prescribed medicines is much smaller – 19.1 %. Compared to 2008, the most notable growth in the consumption on non-prescribed medicines was recorded among population aged over 64 (more than 17 %), as well as among females aged 25–34 (17.6 %).

Prescribed medicines were used by 73.1 % of population aged 65–74, and even more by elderly people aged over 74 – 79.1 %. Young people aged 15–24 more often are using prescribed medicines than people aged 25–34 (19.1 % and 17.2 %, respectively), since females aged 15–24 are using twice as many prescribed medicines as males at the same age (12.3 and 25.9 percentage points, respectively).


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