07 Dec '11, 10pm

Home Singapore Insomnia drugs to come under closer watch?: by Ng Jing Yng SINGAPORE - Potentially addictive drug...

SINGAPORE - Potentially addictive drugs commonly used to treat insomnia and anxiety may come under closer watch by the authorities, as cases of doctors errantly prescribing such drugs continue to occur. The Health Ministry is seeking feedback on its proposal to add benzodiazepines - a class of hypnotic drugs which can lead to addiction with long-term use - to a central registry so that patients who "doctor-hop" to feed their addiction can be more easily identified. Benzodiazepines, which include most sleeping pills, can cost between less than 10 cents to several dollars per tablet, and negligent doctors can profit from patients by accommodating their requests. There were seven reported cases of general practitioners disciplined for the errant prescription of benzodiazepines in the last six months and three cases in the first half of the year. Between 2007 and last year, 42...

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