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I am working on a project and need to collate data on Orange county diseases (demographic or otherwise) and the medicines used to treat them. For example, the diseases and conditions like diabetes, the flu and liver problems
Example Disease - Diabetes:
- How many people and what age and race, sex, etc.
- What medicines are used to treat the disease.
- Where are the medicines available? What stores?
- Are the medicines prescribed or over-the-counter?
- Where are they sourced, manufactured or received from? - i.e. the supply chain
- How vulnerable is the population? How vital is the medicine?
- What impact does the shortage of a particular medicine have?
- What is the backup/contingency plan?
How can we be better prepared
a) by keeping a track of usage per patient and ordering beforehand?
b) By analyzing how much medicine is used in a month/year and storing it?
c) anything else
In the news: The FDA declared that Phenylephrine, a popular ingredient in these medications, is ineffective when taken orally. Certain pharmacies are now pulling over the counter medicines that use this compound.
- Will this create a shortage of cold and flu medicine?
- What is the alternative?
- Will everyone have to get prescription cold and cough medicine?
- Are doctors, hospitals and patients prepared for this?
- Is there an adequate supply of prescription cold medicine?
- Will this result in spike in cold medicine cost?
- Will insurance cover the cost of cold medicine?
- Will getting sick with something as common as the cold be less affordable? (cost of doctor visit + cost of medicine + insurance)
- Would this result in loss of days at work and school?
- How can we be better prepared?
With this AI/ML model I hope to find a relationship between diseases, the medicines and usage and what happens in case supply or supply chain is disrupted. Also that the county is better prepared to face medicine shortages.
The project can or cannot find a relationship between the diseases and medicines. It all depends on the data and how it can be parsed. But it is certain that at least some correlation will be found.