Corticosteroids are widely prescribed worldwide. It is estimated that, at any point of time, about 1% of the general population is receiving oral corticosteroids.

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02 Août 2017


Are systemic corticosteroids frequently prescribed?


No data were available on the frequency of use of corticosteroids in France. Using national data from health insurance, a team of French researchers was interested in the oral prescriptions of corticosteroids in France during the period 2007-2014. It was found that about 15% of French subjects were prescribed oral corticosteroid therapy every year, and that this percentage had significantly increased over time (14.7% in 20117, 17.1% in 2014). Approximately 2/3 of these corticosteroid therapies were prescribed for only a few days. Nearly 2% of individuals had at least 6 cortisone reimbursements per year. The figure of 15% of the French population exposed to oral corticosteroids each year is much higher than can be seen in other countries (England, Denmark, United States) where less than 5% of the population is exposed each year to these treatments. There may therefore be a French "specificity" concerning the prescriptions of corticosteroids, without knowing whether this is going in the right direction or not.

This study can be accessed here



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