Studies find worrying over- and underuse of medicine worldwide

A person holds pharmaceutical tablets and capsules in this picture illustration taken in Ljubljana September 18, 2013.REUTERS/Srdjan Zivulovic LONDON – Up to 70 percent of hysterectomies in the United States, a quarter of knee replacements in Spain and more than half the antibiotics prescribed in China are inappropriate, overused healthcare, researchers said on Monday. Experts who carried out a series of studies across the world found that medicine and healthcare are routinely both over- and underused, causing avoidable harm and suffering and wasting precious resources. The studies, commissioned by The Lancet journal and conducted by 27 international specialists, also found…
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