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Patients who buy acetylsalicylic acid in Polish pharmacies — population characteristics and description of medical problem

Michał Tadeusz Pstrągowski, Magdalena Bujalska-Zadrożny, Krzysztof J. Filipiak
Folia Cardiologica 2015;10(3):158-163.

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Vol 10, No 3 (2015)
Original Papers
Published online: 2015-07-08

Abstract

Introduction. The aim of our study was to characterize patients in Poland who buy in pharmacies over-the-counter formulations of acetylsalicylic acid (ASA) in doses recommended by cardiologists as well as to attempt a risk stratification of this population.

Material and methods. We used standardized electronic questionnaires addressed to patients coming to pharmacies. Patients were interviewed by pharmacists or pharmacy technicians.

Results. The survey included 532 patients who bought ASA drug for themselves. Most of them have not previously had any cardiovascular events, and the decision to start ASA was the result of a medical professional’s recommendation. The percentage of people who were motivated by mass media advertising was much smaller, at approximately 20%.

Conclusions. It is suggested that the most important indications for use of ASA in cardiologic doses are those concerning primary prevention. This observation warrants performing further diagnostic work-up, and points out to the role of physicians and pharmacists in therapy monitoring.

Abstract

Introduction. The aim of our study was to characterize patients in Poland who buy in pharmacies over-the-counter formulations of acetylsalicylic acid (ASA) in doses recommended by cardiologists as well as to attempt a risk stratification of this population.

Material and methods. We used standardized electronic questionnaires addressed to patients coming to pharmacies. Patients were interviewed by pharmacists or pharmacy technicians.

Results. The survey included 532 patients who bought ASA drug for themselves. Most of them have not previously had any cardiovascular events, and the decision to start ASA was the result of a medical professional’s recommendation. The percentage of people who were motivated by mass media advertising was much smaller, at approximately 20%.

Conclusions. It is suggested that the most important indications for use of ASA in cardiologic doses are those concerning primary prevention. This observation warrants performing further diagnostic work-up, and points out to the role of physicians and pharmacists in therapy monitoring.

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Keywords

acetylsalicylic acid, survey, primary prevention, secondary prevention

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Title

Patients who buy acetylsalicylic acid in Polish pharmacies — population characteristics and description of medical problem

Journal

Folia Cardiologica

Issue

Vol 10, No 3 (2015)

Pages

158-163

Published online

2015-07-08

Bibliographic record

Folia Cardiologica 2015;10(3):158-163.

Keywords

acetylsalicylic acid
survey
primary prevention
secondary prevention

Authors

Michał Tadeusz Pstrągowski
Magdalena Bujalska-Zadrożny
Krzysztof J. Filipiak

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