Prescription/Non-prescription Medicine Misuse and Regulation – Time for a Modern, Fit for Purpose Approach

by Mayyada Wazaify and Jenny Scott
Journal of Pharmacy Practice and Community Medicine, 2017; 3(4):197-199

3 pp. 290 kB

Considering the breadth of medicines available without a prescription and the spectrum of problems that can arise with medication use, pharmacists, particularly those working in community pharmacies, have the potential to make a huge impact on society. Pharmacy like other health professions, has its own codes of ethics for practice, often focused at individual country level. Nevertheless, violations in practice and ethical standards do happen for many reasons. An important problem that can raise many ethical issues and practice challenges is prescription/non-prescription drug misuse and abuse. This problem is prevailing and escalating. Lately, in some Middle Eastern and North Africa (MENA) region countries, the political situation, security issues and closure of borders had led to shortages of illicit drug supplies.

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