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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)
OBJECTIVE To determine the nature and extent of undersupply and the economic consequences of oversupply of medication among non-adherent patients. METHODS This study used copies of repeat prescriptions (= multiple dispensations), collected during 1 week in 2002 at 16 Swedish community pharmacies. For patients with a refill adherence below 80%, treatment(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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
  • A. Ekedahl, S. I. Andersson, B. Hovelius, S. Mölstad, H. Liedholm, A. Melander
  • 1995
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)
BACKGROUND Although it is well known that analgesics contribute to suicide, there is little knowledge about how much of the mortality and suicide can be explained by socioeconomic deprivation or by sales of analgesics. METHODS This ecological study analyses the relationships between the sales (defined daily doses per 1000 inhabitants per day) of(More)
OBJECTIVE To identify the reasons and their relative importance why medicines are returned to Swedish pharmacies unused. SETTING A random sample of the pharmacies in Sweden. METHOD Interviews using a semi-structured interview form with pharmacy customers returning unused medicines to the pharmacy. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURE Reasons given by(More)