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Electronic transmitted prescriptions not picked up at pharmacies in Sweden
Apoteket AB.
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Science and Engineering, School of Natural Sciences.
2010 (English)In: Research in Social and Administrative Pharmacy, ISSN 1551-7411, E-ISSN 1934-8150, Vol. 6, no 1, p. 70-77Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Background: Electronic transmitted prescriptions (ETPs) became common after 1995 in Sweden; however, it is accompanied by a substantial increase in the number of prescriptions not picked up at pharmacies.

Objective: To investigate the ‘‘no pick-up’’ rates of ETPs at pharmacies across type of drug and patient age and gender and the reasons patients’ report for no pick-up.

Methods: A cross-sectional study examining no pick-up of ETPs transmitted during 3 months in 2002, and a mail survey of patients to determine the reasons for failure to pick-up in the county of Sormland, Sweden, with a population of 261,000, and 21 pharmacies. Chi-square tests were used for calculations of frequency differences among groups.

Results: The overall no pick-up rate of ETPs was 2.5%; men had consistently higher rates than women. The highest rates were seen for adolescents and young adults. Rates were higher than average for antibiotics. About 60% of the answers indicated that prescriptions not picked up were duplicate prescriptions or not needed. ‘‘Unintentional nonadherence’’ was reported by one-fifth of patients.

Conclusions: No pick-up rate in general was low (2.5%), but there were differences across patient age and sex, the rates being higher among adolescents and young adults. Duplicate prescriptions may explain a significant share of the abandoned prescriptions.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2010. Vol. 6, no 1, p. 70-77
Keywords [en]
Electronic prescriptions, Primary nonadherence, Sweden, Community pharmacy
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Social and Clinical Pharmacy
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Biomedical Sciences, Pharmacology; Natural Science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hik:diva-2153DOI: 10.1016/j.sapharm.2009.06.003OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hik-2153DiVA, id: diva2:233261
Available from: 2009-08-31 Created: 2009-08-31 Last updated: 2018-01-13Bibliographically approved

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