With the new year just around the corner, here’s a look at the medicines that have the highest mortality rates, according to new data from the UK’s National Institute for Health Research.
The research was conducted in collaboration with the UK Department of Health and the Wellcome Trust.
There are around 1.3 million prescriptions written for medicines such as antihistamines, anticonvulsants, anti-malaria and anti-infectives in the country, which is a quarter of the world’s population.
With the advent of the NHS in 2008, prescription rates increased significantly, from 7.7% in 2008 to a record high of 24.1% in 2016.
But according to the research, this is likely to be a trend.
A quarter of patients take prescription drugs every day, which could mean that some of the medicines have a high mortality rate.
It is unclear whether or not some of these medicines have an adverse effect on people’s health, but it is clear that medicines such and antihistamine, antidiabetic and antiacne medicines are likely to have a negative impact on people.
“The vast majority of medicines are safe and effective,” said lead researcher Dr Mark Jones, from the University of Nottingham, in a press release.
“But, the high mortality rates of some of them are not only concerning but also a real risk for people who are taking them.”
The top 10 medicines for most deaths were: 1.
Antihistamines – 7.3% 2.
Anticonvulsion – 11.3 3.
Anticoagulants – 17.4 4.
Antibiotics – 23.6 5.
Antiparasitic drugs – 27.5 6.
Anti-inflammatory drugs – 30.3 7.
Antihistamines – 33.2 8.
Antifungals – 38.6 9.
Antioxidants – 41.9 10.
Antimicrobial drugs – 44.2 These were taken by more than 1.2 million people in the year ending March 2019.
The lowest number of deaths were recorded for anti-depressants, which account for 1.7%.
Antidepressants are taken by about 1.4% of the population.
“These drugs are often taken by people who have severe depression, anxiety, or other serious medical conditions,” Dr Jones said.
“They’re also often prescribed for people with severe pain or severe conditions such as arthritis and heart disease.
The medicines that people are most likely to take are also among the most common and often the most effective.”
These are some of some the medicines people take most often.
They include: 1) Antidepressant drugs – more than 5.1 million prescriptions in the 12 months to December 2019.
2) Anti-diabetic drugs – 2.8 million prescriptions and 4.4 million prescriptions.
3) Antiacne drugs – 3.2 billion prescriptions and 6.4 billion prescriptions.
4) Antihistamine drugs – 5.3 billion prescriptions, including 4.7 billion for those who took more than one of these medications.
5) Antibiotic medicines – 724 million prescriptions, representing about 2.5 billion of prescriptions taken over the past 12 months.
6) Anticoatristics – 3 billion prescriptions – representing about 1 billion of these prescriptions taken in the same period.
7) Anticonventic drugs – 4.5 million prescriptions – represent about 1 million of these.
8) Antihypertensive drugs – 1.8 billion prescriptions representing about 3 million of the prescriptions taken during the same time period.
9) Antipsychotics – 1 billion prescriptions of these drugs representing about 600,000 of these, representing the highest number of prescriptions since the start of the new millennium.
10) Antifibrates – 1 million prescriptions representing approximately 1.5% of prescriptions.
These are taken to treat or prevent a variety of conditions.
However, people are also taking these drugs for various other purposes.
For example, some of those taking these medicines include: 9) Diabetes drugs – around 1 billion.
10) Cancer drugs – about 1% of all prescriptions taken.
11) Kidney and bladder drugs – approximately 1% each.
12) Diabetes medications – around 0.5%.
13) Aids drugs – less than 0.1%.
14) Other medicines – less.
15) Antacids – less, as they are taken for health reasons.
16) Anecdotally, many people are taking medicines for which there is no scientific evidence to support their use, such as: 17) Aetna, Humira and CVS – around 2 million.
18) General practitioner visits – around 300,000.
19) Medical equipment and supplies – around 500,000 20) Medical devices and parts – around 800,000 21) Medical supplies – more such as glasses and scanners – around 150,000 22) Medical and dental supplies – nearly 400,000 23