Algocalmin, a prescription drug
The decision of issuing drugs by prescription was taken by the National Medicines Agency which claimed that the main substance the drug contains could cause ‘very serious diseases’.
Articol de Raluca Daria Diaconiuc, Iaşi, 01 Februarie 2011, 09:51
Thirteen drugs that contain Metamizol, including Algocalmin, haven’t been available in drugstores without a medical prescription since February, 1.
The aforementioned decision has been taken by the National Medicines Agency which claims that the main substance contained by this drug can cause ‘very serious diseases’.
National Medicines Agency asserts that the substance has been forbidden for twenty years in the U.S.A, Great Britain, Sweden and Denmark.
People need a prescription in order to acquire the aforementioned analgesics as well as it has happened already in countries such as France, Italy, Greece, Austria, Germany, Belgium and Netherlands.
Laura Popescu, pharmacist, asserts that some patients take this kind of analgesics excessively.
If drugs are taken excessively, the number of neutrophil blood cells decreases and as a consequence the immunity decreases, too.
Laura Popescu says that when immunity decreases, people run the risk of becoming sick.
Some patients assert that these weak analgesics shouldn’t be issued by prescription while others think that they make supplies before it can be available only prescribed by doctors.
Translated by: Cristina Anamaria Maricescu
MA Student, MTTLC, Bucharest Unicersity