The Role of the Pharmacist in Self-Care and Self-Medication
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Table des matières
Afficher le documentAcronyms
Ouvrir ce répertoire et afficher son contenu1. Introduction
Fermer ce répertoire2. Definitions
Afficher le documentSelf-care
Afficher le documentSelf-medication
Afficher le documentResponsible self-medication
Ouvrir ce répertoire et afficher son contenu3. The increasing importance of self-care and self-medication
Ouvrir ce répertoire et afficher son contenu4. Role of the pharmacist in self-care and self-medication
Ouvrir ce répertoire et afficher son contenu5. Standards of practice
Ouvrir ce répertoire et afficher son contenu6. Evaluation of performance relating to self-care and self-medication needs
Afficher le document7. Conclusions
Ouvrir ce répertoire et afficher son contenu8. Recommendations
Afficher le documentReferences
Afficher le documentAnnex 1: Presentations2
Afficher le documentAnnex 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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