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The 82 medicines the French have just been told to avoid (because they do more harm than good)

There are 82 medicines sold in France that should be avoided, according to a new study. Check out the ones to avoid.

The 82 medicines the French have just been told to avoid (because they do more harm than good)
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Medical journal Prescrire has released its annual list of drugs that it says do more harm than good, listing 91 drugs it said consumers should avoid, 82 of which are sold in France. 
 
“The goal is to help people to choose quality care and to ensure patients aren't hurt or harmed,” the group wrote in its analysis, which is based on seven years of research. 
 
It said that the drugs on the list were more dangerous than useful and should be avoided for a number of reasons, the group noted, including the risk of patients getting sicker, potentially healing better without them, or even that the drugs may offer nothing more than a placebo effect. 
 
“Patients are totally exposed to unjustified risks due to the the persistence of companies to commercialize drugs and the inertia of drug agencies to stop them,” the magazine wrote.  
 
The drugs vary in type, including some for diabetes, arthritis, allergies, nausea, and cancer. 
 
For example, Prescrire reported that cholesterol-lowering drugs such as Befizal, Lipanor and Lipanthyl offered little more than a placebo effect. 
 
Meanwhile, Motilium, Voltaren, and Ephedrine were deemed to be “too dangerous”. 
 
Other medicines on the list included:
 
Anti depressants: Valdoxan, Cymbalta, Seropram, Seroplex, Ixel, Effexor LP, and Stablon.
 
For chest and respiratory problems: Ephedrine, Muxol, Bisolvon, Thiovalone, Xolair, Nucala, Bronchitol, Ofev and more. 
 
For migraines: Sibelium and Nocertone.
 
The full list of drugs “to avoid” is available in a PDF file at the bottom of this link.
 
The news will no doubt be read with eager eyes by the French, who are typically heavily reliant on drugs and are frequent visitors of pharmacies nationwide. 
 
In November last year the government vowed to crackdown on the country's national addiction to anti-biotics.
 
Indeed, the news that a French infant with a vitamin D deficiency was killed in December after being administered Uvestérol D made headlines across the country.

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French minister calls for Eurovision winner to be disqualified if singer fails drug test

France's Europe minister on Monday called for "total transparency" over speculation that one of Italy's victorious Eurovision contestants used cocaine during the song contest, saying it should be grounds for disqualification if confirmed.

French minister calls for Eurovision winner to be disqualified if singer fails drug test
France's entry, Barbara Pravi, said she didn't care whether Måneskin had used drugs or not. Photo: Kenzo Tribouillard/AFP

Damiano David, the outlandish vocalist for Italian rockers Måneskin, has agreed to take a drug test after video footage appeared to show him snorting something from a table backstage during Saturday’s contest.

“I think there needs to be no doubt here, and total transparency,” Europe Minister Clement Beaune, who attended the show in Rotterdam, told RMC radio. “If there is a problem, there are penalties… Provisions are made for sanctioning measures, including potential disqualification in case of problems.” 

French hopes had been riding high on singer Barbara Pravi, who was a bookmakers’ favourite to end France’s 44-year Eurovision drought with her
moody ballad “Voila.”

But she was edged out at the last minute by a surge in public votes for Måneskin, with a final tally of 524 to Pravi’s 499.

“I don’t want to be a sore loser,” Beaune said, but “in terms of image, we can’t let people think that such competitions can result in such behaviour.”

The president of France’s public broadcasting group, however, said Monday that France would not contest its second-place finish, no matter the speculation over David’s backstage antics.

“France has absolutely no intention to lodge an appeal,” France Televisions chief Delphine Ernotte told the Parisien newspaper. “The vote was quite clearly in Italy’s favour — it didn’t steal its
victory and that’s what matters,” she said.

Pravi herself said she was not interested in the speculation.

“What’s true is that they were chosen by both the public and the jury. Afterwards, if they use drugs or they put their underwear on backwards or whatever… it’s not my problem,” she told France 2 television on Sunday.

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