Abuse of topical steroids common in Taiwan: dermatologists

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2016/01/16
By: Lung Pei-ning and Y.F. Low

Taipei, Jan. 16 (CNA) The Taiwanese Dermatological Association (TDA) 201601160005t0001said Friday that a lack of regulation on topical steroids in Taiwan has led to widespread abuse of the medicine in Taiwan.

Since a reporting system was established by the association, hospitals around the country have reported more than 500 cases of topical steroid abuse within a month, TDA President Yang Chih-hsun (楊志勛) said.

In most of those cases, patients bought topical steroids at pharmacies to treat skin diseases without first consulting doctors, which worsened their problems, Yang said.     [FULL  STORY]

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