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dc.contributor.authorWeidmann, Anita Elaine
dc.contributor.authorCunningham, Scott
dc.contributor.authorGray, Gwen
dc.contributor.authorHansford, Denise
dc.contributor.authorMcLay, James S.
dc.contributor.authorBroom, John
dc.contributor.authorStewart, Derek C.
dc.date.accessioned2012-12-06T12:03:57Z
dc.date.available2012-12-06T12:03:57Z
dc.date.issued2011-08
dc.identifier.citationWEIDMAN, A. E., CUNNINGHAM, S., GRAY, G., HANSFORD, D., MCLAY, J., BROOM, J. and STEWART, D., 2011. Over-the-counter Orlistat: early experiences, views and attitudes of community pharmacists in Great Britain. International Journal of Clinical Pharmacy, 33 (4), pp. 627-633.en
dc.identifier.issn2210-7703en
dc.identifier.issn2210-7711en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10059/782
dc.description.abstractObjectives of the study To describe community pharmacists’ early experiences, views and attitudes with over-the-counter orlistat, 9 months post legal re-classification from November 2009 to January 2010. Setting 13,200 (81%) randomly selected registered community pharmacies across Great Britain out of a potential 16,200. Methods A cross-sectional postal questionnaire survey of the main pharmacist with greatest responsibility for over-the-counter (OTC) supply. Main outcome measures Pharmacists’ early experiences, views and attitudes of orlistat supply, demographic data of respondents and personal opinions with the supply of orlistat. Results Questionnaires were returned by 32.4% (n = 4,026) of pharmacists surveyed. Just over half (51.9%, n = 2,091) reported no sales of orlistat in the previous 4 weeks with only 5.1% (n = 203) reporting frequent (5.1%) or very frequent supply in the same time frame. Two thirds (66.5%, n = 2,676) agreed or strongly agreed that the sale of orlistat was a good opportunity to extend their role as a healthcare professional and 92% (n = 3,712) felt confident in their ability to supply this product. Over half (57.9%, n = 2,334) admitted that customers frequently complained about the cost of the product and 47.8% (n = 1,926) agreed that customers could misuse the product. Conclusion Despite community pharmacists welcoming orlistat re-classification to increase medicines availability as an opportunity to extend their healthcare professional role there were concerns about poor public uptake, high cost and the potential for misuse. Exploratory studies collecting the views and experiences of the general public about the access and provision of weight management services through community pharmacies are warranted.en
dc.description.sponsorshipFunded by Robert Gordon University.en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherSpringer Verlagen
dc.relation.ispartofInternational Journal of Clinical Pharmacy, Volume 33 Number 4en
dc.rightsCopyright : Springer Verlag. The original publication is available at http://www.springerlink.comen
dc.subjectCommunity pharmacisten
dc.subjectGreat Britainen
dc.subjectObesityen
dc.subjectOrlistaten
dc.subjectOTCen
dc.subjectOver-the-counter medicinesen
dc.subjectPharmacist experienceen
dc.subjectPharmacist viewsen
dc.titleOver-the-counter Orlistat: early experiences, views and attitudes of community pharmacists in Great Britain.en
dc.typeJournal articlesen
dc.publisher.urihttp://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11096-011-9516-zen


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