SelfCare Focus: a selection of newly published papers on self-care from the worldwide literature. 3. Medicines containing codeine: perspectives of medical professionals in the Republic of Ireland

Medicines containing codeine: perspectives of medical professionals in the Republic of Ireland

By: Foley M, Carney T, Harris R, Fitzpatrick E, Rapca-Veillet A, Van Hout MC.

Irish Journal of Medical Science 2017; 186: 555-63.

Summary: The aim of the study was to examine prescribing professional perceptions of prescribed and OTC medicines containing codeine in Ireland. 398 medical professionals participated in the study (response rate = 18%). 77% of respondents routinely reviewed patient prescribed codeine. 59% of respondents routinely asked patients about their use of OTC medicines and 50% documented use of OTC codeine in their patients’ medical notes. 93% indicated concern about the potential to purchase codeine from multiple sources. 88% implied that patients did not fully understand the risks of taking OTC medicine containing codeine.

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