43% of Munster doctors give advice on drug side effects.

Less than half of doctors in the county explain the side effects of prescription drugs to their patients according to a new survey. The survey by the Patients Association shows only 43 per cent of doctors in Munster give advice on side effects of drugs to their patients. It also shows that 18 per cent of pharmacists give details of possible side effects. According to Stephen Mc Mahon of the Irish Patients Association a greater understanding of treatment can help a patient`s recovery.