Being not too good at it and doing it anyway: what Muscovites think of self-medication ain’t too good

According to a research by STADA, a vast majority of Moscow residents (79 percent) prefer self-medication in case of illness.

In general, the capital’s residents are of low pharmaceutical literacy, but yes, 8 in 10 people prescribe medicines for themselves. Over 40 percent of respondents admit they don’t know enough about medicines’ quality. The same number of Muscovites say they’d like to better understand this issue.

In Russia, most drug costs are paid from the patient’s wallet: this is how the market works. Therefore, the Russian patient, unlike the Western one, is forced to understand various nuances, to be more literate. But unfortunately, often this “literacy” is based on unverified information from the web,

an expert of Russian STADA comments.

Why is this post illustrated with a picture of a bridge? This is Andreevsky aka Pushkinsky bridge that connects Gorky Park with the Moskva’s other side. If you cross it, going from that side, and then go straight, you will go out of the park through a non-principal entrance. On the left and on the right from this entrance, you will see GKB #1, a very old Moscow hospital. The photo was taken from Unsplash.

Even though emergency medicine and hospitals in Russia are poor, better try using them if you’re sick.