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Prescription medication borrowing and sharing: risk factors and management

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Abstract


  • Background

    Prescription medication borrowing and sharing is a behaviour that has been identified in patients of all ages. This behaviour is recognised by medical researchers and government health authorities as a potential risk factor in adverse drug events across the community.

    Objective

    This article discusses prescription medication borrowing and sharing and identifies populations more likely to participate in this behaviour. It also focuses on the classes of drugs identified in the research

    literature as those being more likely to be borrowed or shared.

    Discussion

    Prescription medication borrowing and sharing behaviours have been associated with several risk factors such as polypharmacy and multiple chronic comorbidities. General practitioners and health

    professionals are therefore encouraged to counsel patients, at the time of issuing prescriptions and following discharge from hospital, on the risks of borrowing and sharing prescription medications and

    the safe disposal of ‘left over’ prescription medications.

UOW Authors


Publication Date


  • 2009

Citation


  • Ellis, J. & Mullan, J. (2009). Prescription medication borrowing and sharing: risk factors and management. Australian Family Physician, 38 (10), 816-819.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-74049144490

Ro Full-text Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1002&context=medpapers

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/medpapers/3

Has Global Citation Frequency


Number Of Pages


  • 3

Start Page


  • 816

End Page


  • 819

Volume


  • 38

Issue


  • 10

Abstract


  • Background

    Prescription medication borrowing and sharing is a behaviour that has been identified in patients of all ages. This behaviour is recognised by medical researchers and government health authorities as a potential risk factor in adverse drug events across the community.

    Objective

    This article discusses prescription medication borrowing and sharing and identifies populations more likely to participate in this behaviour. It also focuses on the classes of drugs identified in the research

    literature as those being more likely to be borrowed or shared.

    Discussion

    Prescription medication borrowing and sharing behaviours have been associated with several risk factors such as polypharmacy and multiple chronic comorbidities. General practitioners and health

    professionals are therefore encouraged to counsel patients, at the time of issuing prescriptions and following discharge from hospital, on the risks of borrowing and sharing prescription medications and

    the safe disposal of ‘left over’ prescription medications.

UOW Authors


Publication Date


  • 2009

Citation


  • Ellis, J. & Mullan, J. (2009). Prescription medication borrowing and sharing: risk factors and management. Australian Family Physician, 38 (10), 816-819.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-74049144490

Ro Full-text Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1002&context=medpapers

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/medpapers/3

Has Global Citation Frequency


Number Of Pages


  • 3

Start Page


  • 816

End Page


  • 819

Volume


  • 38

Issue


  • 10