Confidence in medicines is increasing slightly

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The confidence of the Dutch in their medicines has increased slightly. This is the conclusion of the Medicines Evaluation Board (MEB). Four years ago, the Dutch gave their medicines a 7.9, now it is an 8.2.

Vaccines also receive a more than sufficient score of 7.8, it appears the research among more than 1000 consumers/patients conducted by research agency Nivel. There is, however, less confidence in the corona vaccines than in vaccines in general. The corona vaccines are rated with a 6.8. Side effects are most commonly cited as a factor that can reduce confidence.

High confidence in doctors and pharmacists

Trust in doctors and pharmacists as a source of information about medicines is still high. The leaflet also scores well. 8 out of 10 respondents have a lot of confidence in the package leaflet, while this was still 7 out of 10 in 2018. As in 2018, drug information on social media, such as Twitter and Facebook, is the least trusted.

The vast majority of respondents (85 percent) say they have a lot of confidence in research into the efficacy and safety of medicines. 83 percent have confidence in the quality of medicines and in the admission requirements for medicines. The control of medicines is trusted by 78 percent of the respondents.

Need better inserts

Ton de Boer, the chairman of the MEB, says it is important to retain this consumer confidence in medicines because “if people are positive about their medicine, they will use it better”.

He does, however, see room for improvement in the information leaflets for medicines. They must become more patient-friendly and explain in understandable language what the medicine or vaccine does and what the advantages and disadvantages are.

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