PPI use finally starts to drop

A massive hike in the use proton pump inhibitors among older Australians over the past couple of decades is finally tapering off, according to new data.

Between 1995 and 2006, prescriptions for the reflux medication increased more than 13-fold among older Australians, a worrying development prompting a series of campaigns aimed at GPs, pharmacists and patients to reduce both use of the drugs and their prescribed dosage.

Looking at all prescriptions for Australian veterans and their dependents from 2003 to 2013, researchers from the University of South Australia found that the national campaigns had indeed had an effect.

Four NPS MedicineWise campaigns over the ten-year period significantly slowed the dramatic increase in prescriptions, leading to a relative decrease of 21% compared with projected rates.

After the most recent campaign in 2012, prescriptions finally started to stabilise and in fact drop