SelfCare Focus: a selection of newly published papers on self-care from the worldwide literature. 4. Misuse of OTC drugs in Poland

Misuse of OTC drugs in Poland.

By: Zaprutko T, Koligat D, Michalak M, Wieczorek M, Józiak M, Ratajczak M, Szydłowska K, Miazek J, Kus K, Nowakowska E.

Health Policy 2016 Aug;120(8):875-81.

Summary: In Poland, the Act on Counteracting Drug Addiction was amended in 2015. However, it seems there are still some points which could be improved. A survey of pharmacists was conducted between October 2014 and June 2015. The misuse of OTC drugs appears to be increasing in Poland from the pharmacist point-of-view. The most popular substance was pseudoephedrine, but included dextromethorphan. The main reason of misuse of these drugs could be related to the use of Internet and free access to these medications. About 60% of respondents felt that agents should be moved to prescription status.



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