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  1. Personal use of drug samples by physicians and office staff.

    Article - En anglais

    Context. - Pharmaceutical samples are commonly used in ambulatory care settings.

    There is limited research on their use or impact on health care providers and patients.


    - To determine the extent of personal use of drug samples over a 1-year period by physicians and medical office staff.

    Design, Subjects, and Setting

    - An anonymous cross-sectional survey of all physicians, resident physicians, nursing staff, and office staff in a family practice residency.

    Main Outcome Measure

    - Quantity of drug samples taken for personal or family use.


    - Of 55 surveys issued, 53 (96%) were returned.

    A total of 230 separate drug samples were reported taken in amounts ranging from 1 dose to greater than 1 month's supply.

    Two respondents reported no use of drug samples, while 4 respondents reported taking more than 10 different samples.


    - Drug samples are commonly taken by physicians and office staff for personal and family use.

    The ethical implications of this practice warrant further discussion.

    Mots-clés Pascal : Médicament, Echantillon, Enquête sur terrain, Quantité information, Posologie, Médecin, Personnel sanitaire, Milieu familial, Durée phase, Homme, Evaluation, Pharmacovigilance, Education santé

    Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Drug, Sample, Field inquiry, Information quantity, Posology, Physician, Health staff, Family environment, Phase time, Human, Evaluation, Pharmacovigilance, Health education

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    Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique

    Cote : 97-0381067

    Code Inist : 002B02A06. Création : 12/09/1997.