Continued Dispensing

What medications do patients believe should be available?

Salem Hasn Abukres, Kreshnik Hoti, Jeffery David Hughes

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Abstract

Background: Continued Dispensing (CD) is a new medication supply method for certain medications in Australia. It aims to prevent treatment interruption as a result of patients' inability to obtain a new valid prescription. The only currently eligible patients for this service are statin and/or oral contraceptives users who have been using these medications for 6 months or more, have not utilized the CD method during the last 12 months, and cannot obtain an immediate appointment with the prescriber in order to get a new prescription. This study aimed to investigate patients' attitudes towards potential extension and expansion of this medication supply method. 

Methods: A randomly selected 301 users of these medications from all Australian States were recruited using Computer Assisted Telephone Interview (CATI). 

Result: The response rate was 79%. The majority of the participants (73.3%) did not agree with current restriction on CD utilization frequency. They also supported, to varying degrees, inclusion of all the proposed medications (support ranged from 44.2-78.4%). In this regard, participants who suffered from a specific disease did not differ significantly fromthose without the disease except in case of patients with depression (p = 0.001). 

Conclusions: Participants of this study strongly supported both CD extension and expansion. A future critical review of the current version of CD is highly recommended in order to enhance CD capability to achieve its goals.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere924
Pages (from-to)1-11
Number of pages11
JournalPEERJ
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 5 May 2015
Externally publishedYes

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Abukres, Salem Hasn ; Hoti, Kreshnik ; Hughes, Jeffery David. / Continued Dispensing : What medications do patients believe should be available?. In: PEERJ. 2015 ; pp. 1-11.
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Continued Dispensing : What medications do patients believe should be available? / Abukres, Salem Hasn; Hoti, Kreshnik; Hughes, Jeffery David.

In: PEERJ, 05.05.2015, p. 1-11.

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