Availability of over-the-counter drugs for arthritis in São Paulo, Brazil

Availability of over-the-counter drugs for arthritis in São Paulo, Brazil

Autor Ferraz, M. B. Google Scholar
Pereira, R. B. Google Scholar
Paiva, JGA Google Scholar
Atra, E. Google Scholar
DosSantos, J. Q. Google Scholar
Instituição Universidade Federal de São Paulo (UNIFESP)
Resumo Seventy pharmacies located in São Paulo were randomly selected and visited. Seven researchers posed as ordinary clients presenting with a standardized complaint of symptoms according to a scenario previously defined. the client asked for medicines to relieve his/her pain or discomfort. After the seller's suggestion the client asked for 2 drugs randomly selected from a drug list containing 30 trademarked drugs commonly prescribed to arthritis patients. These drugs should be available only on prescription.In only 12.8% of the pharmacies did the seller initially suggest the client see a physician. the sellers 'prescribed' non-steroid anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAID), vitamins, analgesics (AN) and corticosteroids (GO) in respectively 42.8, 20.0, 14.3 and 5.7% of the visits. From the drug list, the client secured 67.7% of the NSAID, 65.0% of the CO and 20.0% of the sedatives without presenting a prescription.Pharmacy sellers usually comply with the clients demands. Future studies should aim at the evaluation of interventions to reduce the availability of the over-the-counter drugs for arthritis.
Palavra-chave pharmacy
drug utilization
arthritis
developing country
drug therapy
analgesics
Idioma Inglês
Data de publicação 1996-04-01
Publicado em Social Science & Medicine. Oxford: Pergamon-Elsevier B.V., v. 42, n. 8, p. 1129-1131, 1996.
ISSN 0277-9536 (Sherpa/Romeo, fator de impacto)
Publicador Elsevier B.V.
Extensão 1129-1131
Fonte http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/0277-9536(95)00393-2
Direito de acesso Acesso restrito
Tipo Artigo
Web of Science WOS:A1996UF59200003
Endereço permanente http://repositorio.unifesp.br/handle/11600/25575

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