Cost and convenience seem to be major factors in determining whether, given the choice, patients purchase a medicine over the counter or obtain it on prescription.
With current arrangements, exemption from prescription charges provides an incentive to continue to obtain products on NHS prescription even when they are available over the counter.
There is therefore no simple relation between the availability of over the counter medicines and the level of prescribing of deregulated products.
The appropriate use of over the counter medicines-particularly those that have only recently been deregulated - places a burden of care on community pharmacists and calls for closer working relationships with general practitioners.
In particular, systems for referral and for recording details of both prescribed and over the counter medicines need to be developed, and a direct route needs to be established for community pharmacists to report adverse drug reactions to over the counter products.
Mots-clés Pascal : Automédication, Prescription médicale, Comportement consommateur, Consommation, Médicament, Médecin, Pharmacien, Royaume Uni, Europe, Homme
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Self prescription, Medical prescription, Consumer behavior, Consumption, Drug, Physician, Chemist, United Kingdom, Europe, Human
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Code Inist : 002B02W. Création : 199608.