What facilitates Europeans to use medicines that were prescribed for someone else?

English title: What facilitates Europeans to use medicines that were prescribed for someone else?

Author(s): M. den Draak - S. Kooiker - Jurjen Iedema -

Language: English

Type: Conference paper/poster

Year: 2006

Abstract

Background: Use of medicines that were originally prescribed for someone else occurs in different degrees over different cultural settings. The behaviour is to be discouraged as there are some serious risks and drawbacks attached to it. Side effects as well as interaction effects with other (prescribed) medicines may occur while proper surveillance by a doctor or pharmacist is lacking. However, little seems to be known about the people who show this conduct and their underlying motives. This study therefore aims to find out to what extent this behaviour occurs in various European countries and what factors are facilitating this behaviour.

Conference name: European Conference on Public Health

Location: Montreux, Switzerland

Start date: Nov 16, 2006

Type: Paper

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