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Supply problems of unlicensed and off-label medicines after discharge


A total of 709 unlicensed and off-label medicines were prescribed for 338 patients discharged from a paediatric hospital between 1 November 2003 and 31 January 2004. Thirty three per cent of patients had difficulty obtaining these medications in primary care which caused treatment disruption. The main problems were: (1) community pharmacies being unable to supply; and (2) GPs’ refusal to prescribe.

  • unlicensed
  • off-label
  • general practitioners
  • prescribing
  • pharmacy

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