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Sweets, newspapers and analgesics: patients' purchases from hospital shops

  • David Somerfield (a1)
Abstract
Aims and method

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.

Results

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.

Clinical implications

Hospital managers and clinicians should ensure hospital shops have effective policies to prevent medication sales to patients.

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Sweets, newspapers and analgesics: patients' purchases from hospital shops

  • David Somerfield (a1)
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