Indian Society of Tele-dermatology (ISTD) and Chennai City Chapter of Indian Association of Dermatologists, Venereologists and Leprol (IADVL) organised “International Dermatology Update-2014” in the city.
The meeting formed Movement Against Topical Steroid Abuse (MATSA), a social initiative to create awareness among the general public, patients, physicians, pharmacists and paramedical personnel, sensitize on the menace and prevent the misuse of the topical steroids. The members discussed the growing medical and social problems of topical steroid addiction.
Prof. Jayakar Thomas, president, International Society of Tele-dermatology and Indian Society of Tele-dermatology, along with Prof Parimalam Kumar, vice president and Dr D Dinesh Kumar, general secretary, launched the social initiative and awareness programme MATSA.
Dr T S Selvavinayagam, joint director of Health, while appreciating Prof Jayakar Thomas and Dr D Dinesh Kumar for initiating the awareness programme, acknowledged their need for the public. Topical steroid abuse for fairness of the skin is a grave concern and as a health administrator. We have a duty to create awareness against the misuse and also to support initiatives taken by the society like INSTD, he said.
Topical steroids are used by dermatologists for wide range of skin disorders and they should be used judiciously under the supervision of a dermatologist. But in the present day world, where medicines are dispensed from pharmacies without prescription, the misuse of topical steroid has grown into a menace to the society. Scores of people not only in India, but also in other parts of the world misuse topical steroids ignorant of its adverse events.