The study was undertaken to examine over the counter drug sales from hospital shops. One hundred hospital shops were sent a questionnaire asking for details of drugs sold and any policy to prevent sales to patients.
Seventy-three shops replied, 20 of which sold medication. Most had policies which would allow sales to patients. Three shops had sold medication which was subsequently used for self-poisoning by in-patients.
Hospital managers and clinicians should ensure hospital shops have effective policies to prevent medication sales to patients.
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