Special Issue "The Standing of OTC Medicines in Community Practice"

A special issue of Pharmacy (ISSN 2226-4787).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 November 2018

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Jeff Taylor

College of Pharmacy and Nutrition, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, SK S7N 5C9, Canada
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Interests: non-prescription medicines

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The journal Pharmacy is embarking on a Special Issue dedicated to matters pertaining to over-the-counter medicines. I invite you to consider whether you can contribute to this endeavour.

The scope will be broad, from epidemiologic data to drug regulations to pharmacist-assisted care to education/training. Included in that scope will be research-oriented information you possibly have ready for publication, but just as importantly, practical tips for pharmacists at the community pharmacy level. These latter approaches would be written in a style conducive to practitioners rather than researchers in the field.

While such calls in other journals tend to focus on original research papers, as is the case here, I encourage you to also consider insight papers, opinions, and reviews of topics that readers would find of interest. For example, examinations could take the angle of drug-related problems uncovered by pharmacists, OTC medicine misuse, ADR rates, dynamics of OTC medicine use, issues emanating from Rx-to-OTC switches, patient behaviour relevant to self-care/self-medication, the role of the pharmacist, to how students are trained in the area. Perspectives could include aspects of your own research, but taken to a broader level to reflect activities specific to your part of the world, such as The Status of Pharmacy Practice Activities Involving OTC Medicines in your country. 

Many thanks for considering this.  

Respectfully,

Prof. Dr. Jeff Taylor
Guest Editor

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Keywords

  • Non-prescription medicines / OTC medicines
  • Community pharmacy practice
  • Self-care
  • Self-medication
  • Pharmacist-assisted care
  • Consumer-pharmacist encounters
  • Safety of self-medication
  • Student training / education
  • Practice standards
  • Rx-to-OTC switch

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Research

Open AccessArticle Over-The-Counter (OTC) Drug Consumption among Adults Living in Germany: Results from the German Health Interview and Examination Survey for Adults 2008–2011 (DEGS1)
Received: 11 April 2018 / Revised: 4 June 2018 / Accepted: 5 June 2018 / Published: 7 June 2018
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Abstract
In order to assess the effects of prescription-only (Rx) to over-the-counter (OTC) drug switches and related policies, it is imperative to distinguish self-medication from OTC drug use. The objective of this study was to estimate the OTC drug use in the adult population
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In order to assess the effects of prescription-only (Rx) to over-the-counter (OTC) drug switches and related policies, it is imperative to distinguish self-medication from OTC drug use. The objective of this study was to estimate the OTC drug use in the adult population in Germany, to identify its predictors and to highlight methodological differences when compared to the study of a self-medication prevalence. Seven-day prevalence of OTC drug use was calculated on the basis of information provided by 7091 participants of the German Health Interview and Examination Survey for Adults (DEGS1) conducted between 2008 to 2011. Logistic regression analysis was used to identify predictors of OTC drug use. Seven-day prevalence of OTC drug use was higher in women (47.16%) than in men (33.17%). Female gender, an age of more than 60 years, reduced health status, Rx drug use, and multi-morbidity were identified as predictors of OTC drug use. The levels of OTC drug use were higher than the self-medication prevalence found in the same data set probably because some OTC drugs are commonly prescribed by physicians. Drug utilization studies should, therefore, make a methodological distinction between self-medication and OTC drug use depending on whether the focus is on drug safety or the impact of regulatory decisions on the trade status. Full article
(This article belongs to the Special Issue The Standing of OTC Medicines in Community Practice)
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