Lifestyle drugs: Concept and impact on society
1 Department of Pharmacology, Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College, AMU, Aligarh-202 002, India 2 Department of Pharmacology, Maulana Azad Medical College, New Delhi - 110 002, India 3 Department of Pharmacology, MP Shah Medical College, Jamnagar - 361 008, India
S Z Rahman Department of Pharmacology, Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College, AMU, Aligarh-202 002 India E-mail: [email protected]
Lifestyle has changed from being an indicator of the overall well being of an individual to a cause of disease and now "lifestyle" has itself become an object of medical attention. Alcohol has been used enormously as one of the oldest 'lifestyle' drugs, and currently sildenafil citrate (Viagra), the drug of choice for erectile dysfunction, exemplifies a turning point in the era of modern lifestyle drugs. This drug has transformed the lifestyles of millions and greatly increased the revenue of many pharmaceutical companies. With the Indian economy growing rapidly at an annual rate of 8-9%, a new era of drug discovery and development coupled with an enormous increase in the marketing of new drugs is being seen. This has certainly made the Indian public vulnerable to issues related to lifestyle drugs. There is a need to study this concept deeply and the impact of these drugs on Indian society, particularly since this topic has already been the centre of many discussions in other developed nations.