Directions(1-5): Read the passage carefully and choose the best answer to each question out of the four alternatives.
Although Indians spend less money on allopathic medicines than people in most Asian Countries, more than 40,000 drug formulations are available here. All manufacturers are required by law to provide information about their product either on the packaging or in a pamphlet inside. But, in many cases, this information is very meager and hard to understand. Many doctors, too do not tell their patients anything about the drugs they prescribe.
What should we be concerned about when we take drugs? There are two areas: (1) Side effects. Many people taking a drug will notice an undesirable reaction, usually minor. But even the mildest drugs can do harm if taken improperly, long enough or in excessive doses. And everyone responds to a drug differently. (2) Failure to follow directions. Many of us disobey prescription instructions on how much to take and when. It is easy to fall into thinking that more of the drug will speed up the healing. It is more common however for people to stop taking a drug when they begin to feel better. This, too, can be dangerous.
What are the steps to be taken for safety? (1)Take a drug only as recommended the label or by the doctor. (2) If you feel ill after taking a drug, check it with a doctor. (3) Do not mix drugs. (4) Check whether any food or activities are to be avoided.
1. Which one of the following statements is true?
(a) Indians use more than 40,000 allopathic drugs
(b) Indians hate allopathic medicines
(c) Other Asian countries do not have allopathic medicines
(d) Indian cannot afford allopathic drugs
2. How are drug users to be instructed by the manufactures?
(a) Doctors should give a manual of instruction
(b) The Chemist should issue an instruction manual
(c) Information should be printed on the carton or in a pamphlet kept inside it
(d) Patients should keep in touch with drug manufactures
3. Only one of the following sentences is right. Identify it.
(a) All medicines produce reactions of various degrees in their users
(b) Even mild drugs are not always safe
(c) Medicines should be discontinued as soon as we feel better
(d) More than the prescribed dose brings quicker recovery
4. Drug manufacturers _____________
(a) do not give instructions
(b) give all instructions necessary
(c) give very little and unintelligible information
(d) give information only when asked
5. Which one of the following is true?
(a) Throw away the drug that produces side effects and try another
(b) Drugs may be taken with all kinds of foods
(c) Drugs do not inhibit our normal life style
(d) Drugs should be used only according to prescription.