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Just over half of teen girls diagnosed with STIs in ERs fill prescriptions

Just over half of teen girls diagnosed with STIs in ERs fill prescriptions

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May 28 (UPI) -- Many teen girls who get infected with gonorrhea and chlamydia aren't taking antibiotics to treat them, even though nearly half of sexually transmitted infection diagnoses come from that age group. Only 54.1 percent of young women who received a diagnosis for a sexually transmitted infection in the emergency department had prescriptions filled for antimicrobial therapy to treat the condition, according to a research letter published Tuesday in JAMA Pediatrics. "We were astonished to find that teenagers' rates of filling STI prescriptions were so low," says Monika K. Goyal, assistant chief of Children's National Health and the study senior author, in a news release. "Our findings demonstrate the imperative need to identify innovative methods to improve treatment adherence f...
Should the long-term ill have free prescriptions?

Should the long-term ill have free prescriptions?

Health
Prescriptions in England should be free to everyone with a long-term medical condition, the Prescription Charges Coalition campaign group says.Some people end up needing hospital treatment because they cannot afford their medication, it says.It wants conditions such as Parkinson's to be added to the list of specific illnesses that require free medicines. But health officials say they have made sure people with chronic illnesses have access to affordable prescriptions.'Not right'Zoe Oakley, a bus driver and mother of two from Poole, is one of thousands of people who would like free medication. She has polycystic kidney disease and is currently waiting for a transplant, but says the costs of her blood-pressure medication to protect her kidneys can take its toll. She says: "There were two tim...