Letter: Insomnia complaints, published in The Jakarta Post

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Previously published in The Jakarta Post 7 September 2010.
Web version: http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2010/09/07/letter-insomnia-complaints.html

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Letter: Insomnia complaints, published in The Jakarta Post

  1. 1. > /°¾¯°f n¯½f°¾ $ d :fff W¾ ½ $$ ©fff½¾ n¯$° ¾$ $ $ $ °¾¯°f n Home Paper Edition Weekender Youthspeak Public Blog Study abroad Login Register News Views Headlines National Archipelago Business Jakarta World Sports Opinion Readers' forum Site Map Tuesday, September 07, 2010 13:46 PM Follow us on Search GO READERS FORUM More readers forum News Letter: Insomnia complaints Letter: HSBC responds | Tue, 09/07/2010 10:13 AM | readers forum A | A | A | Letter: HSBC interbanking services Issue: ‘Muslims protest plan to burn It is no secret among my fellow general practitioners that when practicing in private clinics, patients often come in Koran’ with insomnia complaints. Comment: Healthcare for RI: Universal The doctors then are put in the position where they have to carefully assess the patient’s physical and or not? psychological wellbeing. Using good clinical judgment, doctors are usually highly reluctant of prescribing Text your say: Loudspeaker incident tranquilizers for these cases. more We are well aware that drugs acting on the central nervous system, such as tranquilizers have serious side effects and must be prescribed with great caution and in a specific manner, due to the risk of abuse and addiction. During my medical school training, we were even taught to take special precautions against addicts who presented themselves as patients. They can be desperate when asking for prescriptions, but doctors have the right to deny them when there is apparently no clinical indication for prescribing. There are available treatments for insomnia when the problem is indeed psychological; patients can be referred for counseling or behavioral therapy, for example. Indeed, in these cases, doctors must act as gatekeepers with integrity, not as salesmen. It is becoming a great concern, as reported by The Jakarta Post on Sept. 2, 2010, when patients bypass doctors to obtain the drugs directly from pharmacies. The Food and Drugs Monitoring Agency (BPOM) must be proactive in their surveillance of tranquilizer distribution. Rahajeng N. Tunjungputri, MD Genetic Counseling Student, Faculty of Medicine, Diponegoro University Paper Edition Semarang Military junta plays China card against Related News election critics Letter: HSBC responds Insight: Sovereignty, diplomacy and Letter: HSBC interbanking services national defense Letter: Send skillful workers only Navy chief nominated as next TNI commander Letter: Tony Blair’s memoir President visits Mount Sinabung, asks Post Comments | Comments (0) | | | | | | | | refugees to be patient House delays start of expensive new building for legislators more Life Sci-Tech Environment Body Soul Art Design Culture Lifestyle Entertainment People Features News Views Headlines National Archipelago Business Jakarta World Sports Special Report Opinion Readers' forum Home Company Profile Online Media Kit Print Media Kit Weekender Media Kit About Us Contact Us Site Map Copyright © 2008 The Jakarta Post - PT Bina Media Tenggara. All Rights Reserved. € $ $ WD

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