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The Health Insurance Review Agency has announced that 10% of hospitals prescribe steroids to treat colds event though the drugs efficacy against colds is not proven. The drug is notorious for its side effects and should be used only as needed. Possible side effects include osteoporosis, glaucoma and avascular necrosis. Steroids are normally used to treat adrenocortical disorders, inflammation, asthma and allergies. It was found that larger hospitals were less likely to prescribe steroids to treat colds (4.73% compared to 9.32% in small hospitals and clinics). Steroid prescription varied greatly from hospital to hospital as well. Steroid use has been approved for bronchitis and laryngitis.
Source: summary of medical news story as reported by The Korea Times
About: Hospital over prescribe steroids for cold patients
Date: 18 November 2004
Source: The Korea Times
Author: Kim Rahn
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