World self-medication industry
The world federation promoting better health through responsible self-medication
NGO in official relations with the World Health Organization

Up to 150 billion yen could be saved annually by switching six molecules in Japan- a new study estimated

The National Federation of Health Insurance Societies (KENPOREN) presented a study to the Health and Medical Working Group of the Government Council for Regulatory Reform in Japan which had estimated that the switching of six molecules from prescription to nonprescription status (propiverine, purified sodium hyaluronate, omeprazole, lansoprazole, rabeprazole and polycarbophil calcium) could generate annual savings of up to 150 billion yen to the national medical expenditure. Switching is on the agenda of the Japanese Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare which plans to establish a mechanism for promoting prescription-to-nonprescription switches.

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