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Title: The use of medication in infants in Alexandria, Egypt
Authors: Zaki, A.
Abdel Fattah, M.
Bassili, A.
Arafa, M.
Bedwani, R.
Issue Date: 1999
Language: English
Abstract: In Egypt, the determinants and rationale for drug use among infants have not been previously studied. We give an overview of the use of prescribed and non-prescribed medication over a 1-month period in infants in Alexandria, Egypt. In 89.6% of cases mothers stated that their infants had suffered some ailments which necessitated intervention; 27.5% used traditional therapies or non-prescribed medication and 72.5% sought medical advice. The non-prescribed medicines used were mainly antispasmodics and antipyretics. This study provides the first overview of the frequency of use of non-prescribed medication in infants and detected some indicators of irrational drug prescribing by physicians
Description: 320-327
Keywords: Ambulatory Care
Cross-Sectional Studies
Drug Utilization
Infant, Newborn
Mothers
Physician's Practice Patterns
Prescriptions, Drug
Questionnaires
Urban Health
Subject: Drug Therapy
URI: http://www.who.int/iris/handle/10665/118710
ISSN: 1020-3397
Other Identifiers: http://applications.emro.who.int/emhj/0502/EMHJ_1999_5_2_320_327.pdf
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