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  1. Patterns of analgesic prescribing in a South African primary care setting.

    Article - En anglais

    The primary aim of this study was to assess patterns of prescribing of analgesic medications in a primary care setting in South Africa.

    Medication records of 47 103 patients for the year 1995 were retrospectively reviewed.

    Analgesic agents represented 12.3% of the total number and 14.2% of the total cost of all the products prescribed.

    Analgesic products were prescribed to nearly three times as many females as males.

    Most analgesic prescriptions were for non-opioid analgesics (93.8%). More than half (56.8%) of all the prescriptions for analgesics were available without a prescription from a medical practitioner.

    Analgesic prescription diminished as age increased.

    The high prescribing rate of analgesics to children younger than 10 years was a cause for concern.

    Furthermore, meprobamate-containing analgesics accounted for 12.2% of central nervous system drugs and 28.1% of the non-opioid analgesics that were prescribed.

    This finding was also a cause for concern due to the dependence-producing properties of meprobamate.

    It was concluded that the pharmacist has an important role to fulfil in the counselling of patients with respect to the use of analgesic products.

    Mots-clés Pascal : Analgésique, Prescription médicale, Age, Sexe, Adulte, Homme, Enfant, Etude comparative, République Sud Africaine, Afrique

    Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Analgesic, Medical prescription, Age, Sex, Adult, Human, Child, Comparative study, South Africa, Africa

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

    Cote : 97-0433377

    Code Inist : 002B02B05. Création : 19/12/1997.