Anders Ekedahl

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Objective: To assess the extent of and the reasons for unclaimed prescriptions, primary non-compliance, after automated transmittals to pharmacies. Methods: Cross-sectional study in 3 health care districts (population 240,000) in the southernmost of Sweden on unclaimed electronic prescriptions (e-prescriptions), transmitted to 21 pharmacies during the(More)
BACKGROUND The introduction of electronic transfer of prescriptions (ETP) or ePrescriptions in ambulatory health care has been suggested to have a positive impact on the prescribing and dispensing processes. Thereby, implying that ePrescribing can improve safety, quality, efficiency, and cost-effectiveness. In December 2007, 68% of all new prescriptions(More)
To identify the reasons and their relative importance why medicines are returned to Swedish pharmacies unused. A random sample of the pharmacies in Sweden. Interviews using a semi-structered interview form with pharmacy customers returning unused medicines to the pharmacy. Reasons given by patients/relatives/carers for returning unused medicines to the(More)
The purpose of this study was to investigate the prevalence of toxic agents in attempted and completed suicides. The purpose was also to explore the sources of the drugs taken by suicide attempters. Verbal information on drug intake was collected from 280 suicide attempters during 1987-1990 in the Lund-Orup catchment area. Information on the sources of the(More)
BACKGROUND Despite a decreasing incidence of peptic ulcer disease, most previous studies report a stabile incidence of ulcer complications. We wanted to investigate the incidence of peptic ulcer complications in Sweden before and after the introduction of the proton pump inhibitors (PPI) in 1988 and compare these data to the sales of non-steroid(More)
BACKGROUND Electronically 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(More)
BACKGROUND Pharmacists have an important role in detecting, preventing, and solving prescription problems, which if left unresolved, may pose a risk of harming the patient. OBJECTIVES The aim was to examine prescription problems detected at pharmacies in Sweden, where pharmacists consider it necessary to contact the prescribers for clarification,(More)
OBJECTIVE To explore a possible temporal association between changes in antidepressant sales and suicide rates in different age groups. METHODS A time series analysis using a two-slope model to compare suicide rates in Sweden before and after introduction of the selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, SSRIs. RESULTS Antidepressant sales increased(More)
A producer-independent, problem-oriented, group-education programme with 2-day meetings on drug treatment in primary health care (PHC) was developed and evaluated. Initially, it was tested on a selected group of general practitioners (district physicians), using a non-exposed group as control. A comprehensive questionnaire was used to test changes in(More)
Sales statistics indicate large variations in benzodiazepine consumption between the Scandinavian countries; the current difference between Denmark (highest) and Sweden (lowest) is almost two-fold. There are also large within-country variations; e.g. benzodiazepine sales in the Swedish city of Helsingborg, which is close to Denmark, were at the average(More)