Lege Artis Medicinae

[Shipwreck at the Island of the Glad People ]

GAJDOS Ágoston

OCTOBER 20, 2011

Lege Artis Medicinae - 2011;21(10)



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[Neurological effects of tolperisone]


[Spasticity, as a result of cortical motor neuron injury, is a frequent symptom in neurological disorders. Tolperisone is a centrally acting muscle relaxant, which has been used for 50 years in clinical practice. Tolperisone has a membrane-stabilising effect and it inhibits voltage-gated sodium and calcium channels. Although it targets the central neural system, it has no sedative side effects, in contrast to other muscle relaxants. Besides clinical experiences of past decades, the efficacy of tolperisone has also been proved in a study fulfilling evidencebased criteria. In this double-blind, placebo- controlled, randomised, parallel group study, 78.3% of tolperisone-treated patients had an at least one-point reduction on the Asworth scale (a 5-grade scale used the measure spasticity), compared with 45% in the placebo-treated group. The excellent tolerability of tolpe-risone is demonstrated by the finding that the number of adverse events was greater in the placebo group than in the tolpe-risone group. Taking these facts in consideration, tolperisone is a safe and effective drug to treat spasticity.]

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[Societal burden of blindness in Hungary]

NÉMETH János, NAGYJÁNOSI László, NAGYISTÓK Szilvia, TOLNAYNÉ Csattos Márta, SZABÓNÉ Berta Irén, KINCSE Éva, SZULYÁK Eleonóra, BOÉR Ibolya, HUNDZSA Gyula, KALÓ Zoltán, BERTA András

[OBJECTIVES - Blindness represents a significant health and economic burden worldwide as well as in Hungary. The aim of this research was to estimate medical and nonmedical expenses related to blindness of elderly patients (>60 years) in Hungary so that the results can be used for further analyses. METHODS - The data required for determining the socioeconomic burden of disesase were derived from the published literature, statistical databases and estimations of relevant experts. We divided the social burden of elderly blindness into public and private medical and nonmedical costs. In addition to direct costs (social care and subvention, conduct recourse, medical costs) indirect costs and lost revenues (unemployment, support to activities of daily living) were also calculated. RESULTS - The social burden of elderly blind patients was estimated as 53.35 million USD in 2009, 0.03% of the Hungarian GDP (1 USD = 128.19 HUF in purchasing power parity exchange rate). Social care and subventions (20.04 million USD) and support to everyday activities (15.91 million USD) represented the largest proportion of expenses of the 6051 elderly blind people. The burden on the public sector was 55% of the total burden, which means that the population bears almost half of the burden. Social subventions represented two-third of the public burden. CONCLUSION - Blindness of the elderly means a significant economic burden, which is further exacerbated by the health loss - excess mortality, deterioration of quality of life - not evaluated in our study. Prevention and treatment of blindness in the elderly and social integration of blind people is an important task from a social as well as a health policy aspect.]

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