oa SA Pharmacist's Assistant - Principles of self-medication : self-medication



Extracted from text ... SA PHARMACIST'S ASSISTANT ? january / february 2005 5 SELF-MEDICATION Why are an increasing number of consumers self-medicating? Self-medication is the use of a registered medicine (Unscheduled or Schedule 0, 1 or 2), without a doctor's prescription, to treat or to prevent symptoms of minor ailments, either on an individual's own initiative or following the advice of a healthcare professional. The use of such 'over-the-counter' (OTC) medicines is nowadays generally accepted as an important part of healthcare. People are demanding greater independence and responsibility for their own healthcare. They are more assertive, more questioning and more concerned about the options available to them. They want to exercise greater judgement in informed and responsible self-medication. When practised correctly, self-medication can also offer savings ..


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