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dc.contributor.authorCarney, A Simon
dc.contributor.authorPrice, David B
dc.contributor.authorSmith, Pete K
dc.contributor.authorHarvey, Richard
dc.contributor.authorKritikos, Vicky
dc.contributor.authorBosnic-Anticevich, Sinthia Z
dc.contributor.authorChristian, Louise
dc.contributor.authorSkinner, Derek A
dc.contributor.authorCarter, Victoria
dc.contributor.authorDurieux, Alice MS
dc.date.accessioned2018-06-13T00:20:40Z
dc.date.available2018-06-13T00:20:40Z
dc.date.issued2017
dc.identifier.issn1179-7266
dc.identifier.doi10.2147/POR.S134266
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10072/376735
dc.description.abstractPurpose: To explore patterns in the purchase of prescription and over-the-counter (OTC) oral antihistamines (OAHs) and intranasal corticosteroids (INCSs) by patients, from pharmacies in different geographical regions of Australia. Patients and methods: Retrospective observational study using a database containing anonymous pharmacy transaction data from 20.0% of the pharmacies in Australia that link doctor prescriptions and OTC information. Pharmacy purchases of at least one prescription or OTC rhinitis treatment during 2013 and 2014 were assessed. Results: In total, 4,247,193 prescription and OTC rhinitis treatments were purchased from 909 pharmacies over 12 months. Of treatments purchased, 75.9% were OAHs and 16.6% were INCSs. OTC purchases of both treatments exceeded purchases through prescription. OTC OAHs purchasing patterns were seasonal and almost identical in the Australian Capital Territory, Victoria, Western Australia, South Australia, and New South Wales, and similar seasonal patterns for OTC INCSs were noted in most regions except for South Australia and Tasmania. Prescription purchasing patterns of both OAHs and INCSs remained unchanged throughout the year in most regions. Conclusion: This large-scale retrospective observational study identified seasonal purchasing patterns of OTC and prescription OAHs and INCSs in a real-world setting. It highlighted that seasonality only affects OTC purchasing patterns of OAHs and INCSs across Australia and that practitioner prescribing remains unchanged, suggesting that it is only for persistent disease.
dc.description.peerreviewedYes
dc.languageEnglish
dc.language.isoeng
dc.publisherDove Medical Press
dc.relation.ispartofpagefrom157
dc.relation.ispartofpageto165
dc.relation.ispartofjournalPragmatic and Observational Research
dc.relation.ispartofvolume8
dc.subject.fieldofresearchClinical sciences
dc.subject.fieldofresearchClinical sciences not elsewhere classified
dc.subject.fieldofresearchcode3202
dc.subject.fieldofresearchcode320299
dc.titleSeasonal patterns of oral antihistamine and intranasal corticosteroid purchases from Australian community pharmacies: a retrospective observational study
dc.typeJournal article
dc.type.descriptionC1 - Articles
dc.type.codeC - Journal Articles
dcterms.licensehttps://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
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gro.rights.copyright© The Author(s) 2017. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported (CC BY 3.0) License (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/) which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
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gro.griffith.authorSmith, Peter K.


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