Discussion summary: Getting the right medicine to patients

Timothy J Steiner and Glen D Solomon

in Headache care, research and education worldwide

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Published in print May 2010 | ISBN: 9780199584680
Published online November 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191753435 | DOI:

Series: Frontiers in Headache Research Series

Discussion summary: Getting the right medicine to patients

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Good headache care is not achieved solely by the appropriate use of effective drugs but, for most people with troublesome headache, ‘getting the right medicine’ is an important part of it. Sadly, many fail to receive anything close to the right medicine. In large parts of the world, the right medicine is simply not available. In other parts, the problem is access rather than availability, often with the existence of multiple barriers. Before discussing these issues further, some thought must be given to what is meant by the ‘right medicine’.This chapter provides a brief summary of the section as a whole, in which three presenters consider key factors affecting availability, still with the focus on triptans as the clearest exemplar of issues that probably apply to some extent to all drugs for headache.

Chapter.  1460 words. 

Subjects: Neurology ; Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics

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