The Role of the Pharmacist in Self-Care and Self-Medication
(1998; 17 pages) View the PDF document
Table of Contents
View the documentAcronyms
Open this folder and view contents1. Introduction
Close this folder2. Definitions
View the documentSelf-care
View the documentSelf-medication
View the documentResponsible self-medication
Open this folder and view contents3. The increasing importance of self-care and self-medication
Open this folder and view contents4. Role of the pharmacist in self-care and self-medication
Open this folder and view contents5. Standards of practice
Open this folder and view contents6. Evaluation of performance relating to self-care and self-medication needs
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Responsible self-medication

This is the practice whereby individuals treat their ailments and conditions with medicines which are approved and available without prescription, and which are safe and effective when used as directed.

Responsible self-medication requires that:

1. Medicines used are of proven safety, quality and efficacy.

2. Medicines used are those indicated for conditions that are self-recognisable and for some chronic or recurrent conditions (following initial medical diagnosis). In all cases, these medicines should be specifically designed for the purpose, and will require appropriate dose and dosage forms.

Such products should be supported by information, which describes:

• how to take or use the medicines;
• effects and possible side-effects;
• how the effects of the medicine should be monitored;
• possible interactions;
• precautions and warnings;
• duration of use; and,
• when to seek professional advice.


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