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Community Pharmacists Experience of Pregabalin Abuse and Misuse: A Quantitative Study from Jordan

van Hout, MC, Wazaify, M, Abu Farha, R and Al-Husseini, A (2018) Community Pharmacists Experience of Pregabalin Abuse and Misuse: A Quantitative Study from Jordan. Journal of Substance Use, 24 (3). pp. 273-279. ISSN 1465-9891

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Abstract

Pregabalin is an anticonvulsant that has an abuse potential. The aim of this study was to investigate abuse/misuse of pregabalin in Jordan from the perspective of community pharmacists. A cross-sectional survey using a structured questionnaire was delivered to a sample of community pharmacies. Self-reported method was used to fill the surveys. A total of 151/205 questionnaires were completed (response rate = 74.1%). A total of 132 respondents (87.4%) reported cases of pregabalin abuse in their pharmacies. Less than half of the respondents (n = 69; 45.7%) indicated that pregabalin requests were, in most of the cases, not accompanied by prescriptions. More than half of the sample (55.8%) noticed an increased pattern of pregabalin abuse/misuse during the last six months. The study underscored the need for regulatory efforts and pharmacovigilance to manage pregabalin abuse, along with a pharmacist and patient education at a community pharmacy level.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Journal of Substance Use on 7 Dec 2018 available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/14659891.2018.1554716
Uncontrolled Keywords: 1701 Psychology, 1117 Public Health And Health Services
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
Divisions: Public Health Institute
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Date Deposited: 29 Nov 2018 09:36
Last Modified: 02 Apr 2019 03:25
URI: http://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/9727

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