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Survey: 64% skin disease patients use wrong drugs

FEWER than 40 percent of patients with fungal infections used the right medicines, while another 64 percent chose the wrong drugs such as hormone and immunosuppressant, a survey finds.

Most patients say skin diseases annoy them most and make them feel embarrassed and depressed, according to the survey made by the Chinese Medical Association.

Dr Zheng Jie from Ruijin Hospital said most fungal infection patients buy medicines themselves instead of visiting a doctor. "Many of them chose the wrong medicines," he told a Shanghai forum last week, which marked the start of a nationwide skin disease education and treatment activity.

During the activity sponsored by the Dermatology Society of the Chinese Medical Association and Xi'an Janssen Pharmaceutical Co Ltd, nearly 2,000 hospitals in China will offer skin disease patients free consultation and educate them on fungal infection prevention and treatment from April to October.


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