Who picks up prescription medication at the pharmacy?

J. L. Fink, T. C. Bernhardt

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Data were collected regarding 3,736 prescriptions to ascertain how frequently the person who will be using the medication picks it up at the pharmacy. The patient picked up 67.7% and a representative picked up 29.0%, while 3.3% or prescriptions were delivered. When deliveries are excluded, patients picked up 70% of prescriptions. The patient is more likely to pick up a new prescription than a refill, but no difference was found when third-party and non-third-party prescriptions were compared. Patients were more likely to pick up prescriptions for drugs in four categories for whichs PPIs exist: products containing dextropropoxyhene, diazepam products, oral contraceptives, and estrogen-progestational products. Opportunities for pharmacists to communicate with patients are frequent and should be utilized.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)7-9
Number of pages3
JournalContemporary Pharmacy Practice
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1982

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (all)


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