Significance of reclassified drugs for self-care and self-treatmental products


Significance of reclassified drugs for self-care and self-treatmental products


Stanislav Kochev, Stanislava Stoicheva, Valentina Belcheva, Evgeni Grigorov 
Faculty of Pharmacy, Medical University “Prof. d-r Paraskev Stoyanov”, Varna


Self-care can be defined as non-organized health activities and decisionmaking by individuals, families, friends, colleagues at work, and more. These include self-treatment, social support for illness, first aid in a "natural environment", the normal social context of people and their everyday life. This kind of care is definitely one of the main health resources in the healthcare system. For their effective implementation, non-prescription medicines play a major role. These are the basics of proper patient self-healing. Worldwide, there is an increase in the number of prescription medicines that are changing their prescribing status and switching to a prescription regimen without the need for a prescription. These changes, also called "SWITCHES", are mainly motivated by three factors: the desire of pharmaceutical companies to extend the validity of their trademarks; attempts by health care funders to contain the cost of medicines; the growing role of the patient's self-healing. The benefits of self-treatment are at the basis of the health pyramid and allow the system to focus its scarce resources on the diagnosis and treatment of serious, socially significant diseases, new research and innovative services. Prescription drugs are an indispensable element of self-care.