The Role of the Pharmacist in Self-Care and Self-Medication
(1998; 17 pages) Ver el documento en el formato PDF
Índice de contenido
Ver el documentoAcronyms
Abrir esta carpeta y ver su contenido1. Introduction
Cerrar esta carpeta2. Definitions
Ver el documentoSelf-care
Ver el documentoSelf-medication
Ver el documentoResponsible self-medication
Abrir esta carpeta y ver su contenido3. The increasing importance of self-care and self-medication
Abrir esta carpeta y ver su contenido4. Role of the pharmacist in self-care and self-medication
Abrir esta carpeta y ver su contenido5. Standards of practice
Abrir esta carpeta y ver su contenido6. Evaluation of performance relating to self-care and self-medication needs
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Abrir esta carpeta y ver su contenido8. Recommendations
Ver el documentoReferences
Ver el documentoAnnex 1: Presentations2
Ver el documentoAnnex 2: List of participants

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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