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Pharmacy 2016, 4(2), 19;

Understanding Users in the ‘Field’ of Medications

Department of Sociology, Trent University, 1600 West Bank Drive, Peterborough, ON K9J 0G2, Canada
Academic Editor: Janine M. Traulsen
Received: 30 November 2015 / Revised: 4 April 2016 / Accepted: 3 May 2016 / Published: 6 May 2016
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Social Pharmacy)
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The numbers of medicinal drugs available for human consumption have increased rapidly in the past several decades, and physician prescribing practices reflect the growing reliance on medicines in health care. However, the nature of medicines-as-technology makes problematic taken-for-granted relationships among actors involved in the delivery, or who are the recipients of medicines-reliant health care. In this article, I situate the medicine user in the ‘field’ of medications—where interests, actions and outcomes are continually negotiated among and between the various players—physicians, pharmacists, government regulatory bodies, the pharmaceutical industry and users of medicines. The objective of the paper is to illuminate the complex context in which the medicine-user—the target of the pharmacy profession’s service to the public—accesses and uses medicines. View Full-Text
Keywords: social pharmacy; medicine use; medicine user; field of medications social pharmacy; medicine use; medicine user; field of medications

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