Selling antimicrobials without prescription – Far beyond an administrative problem

Maria C. Guinovart, Albert Figueras, Carles Llor

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    © 2016 Elsevier España, S.L.U. and Sociedad Española de Enfermedades Infecciosas y Microbiología Clínica Introduction: Selling antibiotics without prescription is common in many countries; beyond the administrative restrictions, this practice is a risk for patients and society. The aim of the study was to evaluate the information provided by the staff of the pharmacy to a simulated patient requesting an antibiotic. Material and methods: A prospective study was carried out in January 2013 – February 2014 in the Health Region of Tarragona, in which a mystery shopper visited 220 pharmacies requesting an antibiotic to be sold. Results: The actress was not asked about allergies in 73.9% of cases and never was asked about possible pregnancy. Recommendation to see a doctor was observed in 36.1% of cases. When antibiotics were not sold, the explanation provided by the staff was reasoned only in 9.9% of the cases. Conclusion: It is necessary and urgent to improve the training of pharmacists in dispensing antibiotics but also strengthen basic health knowledge among the population.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)290-292
    JournalEnfermedades Infecciosas y Microbiologia Clinica
    Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2018


    • Antibacterial agents
    • Health information
    • Over-the-counter
    • Pharmacy
    • Sale


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