Non-prescription medicines: Current issues in Australian community pharmacy

Tan, Amy Chen Wee and Emmerton, Lynne (2009) Non-prescription medicines: Current issues in Australian community pharmacy. International Journal of Pharmacy Practice, 17 4: 207-213. doi:10.1211/ijpp/17.04.0003

Author Tan, Amy Chen Wee
Emmerton, Lynne
Title Non-prescription medicines: Current issues in Australian community pharmacy
Journal name International Journal of Pharmacy Practice   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0961-7671
Publication date 2009-01-01
Year available 2009
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1211/ijpp/17.04.0003
Open Access Status
Volume 17
Issue 4
Start page 207
End page 213
Total pages 7
Editor C. Bond
Place of publication West Susse, United Kingdom
Publisher John Wiley & Sons
Language eng
Subject 111799 Public Health and Health Services not elsewhere classified
920299 Health and Support Services not elsewhere classified
Formatted abstract
This qualitative research aimed to improve understanding of the perceptions, experiences and attitudes of community pharmacists regarding developments in the non-prescription medicines market.

Qualitative data were collected via in-depth interviews with 20 community pharmacists in Brisbane, Australia. Pharmacists-in-charge were randomly telephoned from a list generated from online pharmacy-locator services and invited to participate in a face-to-face semi-structured interview based on six themes. The data collected were transcribed verbatim and analysed for prominent themes, major issues, differences and unique individual responses.

Key findings
The topic commonly of concern to participants was the descheduling of non-prescription medicines (including ibuprofen and nicotine-replacement therapy) for availability via non-pharmacy medicine retailers. Other key findings and common themes related to the current scheduling of non-prescription medicines as Pharmacist Only Medicines and Pharmacy Medicines (largely favoured), the importance of pharmacists' advice on non-prescription medicines and the online system for control of pseudoephedrine sales (Project STOP; widely commended).

Despite some variability in opinions and the potential for professionally desirable responses, the findings generally supported professional initiatives to preserve non-prescription medicines as a domain of community pharmacies. The involvement of pharmacists in medicine sales was largely favoured as an opportunity to maintain control over supply and to advise on appropriate medicines usage. These data may inform the quality supply of non-prescription medicines, and are of significance to countries operating or debating similar scheduling systems for non-prescription medicines.
Keyword Community Pharmacy
Non-prescription medicines
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Article first published online: 8 January 2010.

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
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