Table 3

Analysis of the frequently supplemented chemical medicines
No. Name Frequency Suggestion Evidence
1 Colloidal Bismuth Pectin 16 Supplement Meets the selection principles
2 Gliclazide 16 Supplement Meets the selection principles
3 Chymotrypsin 17 Supplement Meets the selection principles
4 Amlodipine 17 Supplement Meets the selection principles
5 Cefaclor 17 Supplement Meets the selection principles
6 Calamine 17 Supplement Meets the selection principles
7 Morphine 18 Supplement Meets the selection principles
8 Loratadine 20 Supplement Meets the selection principles
9 Triamcinolone acetonide 20 Supplement Meets the selection principles
10 Acarbose 20 Supplement Meets the selection principles
11 Vitamin B complex 20 Supplement Meets the selection principles
12 Cefotaxime 20 Supplement Meets the selection principles
13 Tinidazole 22 Supplement Meets the selection principles
14 Etamsylate 22 Supplement Meets the selection principles
15 Flunarizine 24 Supplement Meets the selection principles
16 Cefradine 24 Supplement Meets the selection principles
17 Clotrimazole 24 Supplement external preparation only Have significant side effects by oral administration, while effective as external anti-fungal medicine
18 Fluocinolone acetonide 17 Supplement external preparation only Have significant side effects by oral administration, while effective as external anti-inflammatory medicine
19 Somidon 29 Cannot supplement Have significant side effects
20 Cimitidine 24 Cannot supplement Have significant side effects
21 Diethylstilbestrol 18 Cannot supplement Have significant side effects
22 Ofloxacin 16 Not supplement Levofloxacin, the levorotatory form of ofloxaxin, is included in the essential medicines list; it is more effective and less expensive.
23 Ambroxol 16 Not supplement Oral dosage of ambroxol is included in the essential medicines list. The injection only applies for emergencies, and it is more expensive.
24 Coenzyme A 16 Not supplement Mainly used for leucopenia and functional hypothermia. Disputes exist on its effect.
25 Vitamin C 16 Not supplement Injection is included in the essential medicines list. The oral dosage is OTC medicine; therefore, it is not suggested to be supplemented.
26 Piracetam 17 Not supplement No sufficient clinical- or evidence-based medical evidence to prove its effectiveness
27 Troxerutin 18 Not supplement No sufficient clinical- or evidence-based medical evidence to prove its effectiveness
28 Lincomycin 19 Not supplement Similar effect with clindamycin in the essential medicines list, and no clinical advantage
29 Oryzanol 21 Not supplement No sufficient clinical- or evidence-based medical evidence to prove its effectiveness
30 Furazolidone 22 Not supplement No sufficient clinical- or evidence-based medical evidence to prove its effectiveness
31 Roxithromycin 22 Not supplement Same antibacterial spectrum with erythromycin in the essential medicines list; more expensive
32 Inosine 24 Not supplement No sufficient clinical- or evidence-based medical evidence to prove its effectiveness

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Tian et al. BMC Health Services Research 2012 12:401   doi:10.1186/1472-6963-12-401

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