As many as one in four people in India are being prescribed an anti-inflammatory drug for severe back pain or other back problems, according to the National Drug Control Policy Research Centre (NDCPRC).
The NDCPRC says that while India is one of the world’s fastest-growing countries for the use of drugs, more than 40 million people are estimated to suffer from chronic back pain.
India is also the only country where more than half the patients prescribed drugs are children, the NDCPCC report said.
India has seen a rise in people dying from non-communicable diseases in recent years, the report said, citing the NDPCRC.
NDCPC said that a recent survey revealed that about 1.4 million children aged 5-17 have been prescribed anti-inflammatories for chronic back problems.
The NDPCC has compiled a list of the top 10 most common ailments in children in India.
The most common back ailments include: back pain, chronic back syndrome, arthritis, osteoarthritis, chronic kidney disease, diabetes and hypertension.
The report said that among the most common drugs prescribed for chronic pain in children is acetaminophen.
India is also one of only four countries where more children have been admitted to hospitals for severe pain, the study said.