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    „Estonian Statistics on medicines 2006-2009“ has been published

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    The State Agency of Medicines publishes the book annually and it gives an overview of the consumption of medicines in Estonia using the methodology of defined daily doses.

    In 2009 the total consumption of medicines decreased by 4,5% calculated in defined daily doses. Most of the major drug classes showed a decrease in consumption, including antiulcer, antithrombotic, cardiovascular, antibacterial, non-steroidal antiinflammatory, psychotropic and antiasthmatic drugs. Until 2009 the consumption of drugs has increased every year since 2001 and in 2005 to 2008 the increase was especially remarkable.

    A few drug classes which consumption increased in defined daily doses in 2009 compared to 2008 were antidiabetic drugs, statins and analgesics.

    The consumption of those active substances that have not been issued defined daily doses by WHO because of vast differences in individual dosing are not included in the book. Largest such classes are anticancer drugs and dermatologicals. The wholesales turnover of anticancer drugs increased by 5% and of dermatologicals decreased by 10%.

    In more detail about medicines consumption in Estonia can be read from the book published on the Agency’s website. In case of any questions please send an e-mail to info@ravimiamet.ee.