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[Status of self medication in West Germany].

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Type
Published Article
Journal
Sozial- und Präventivmedizin
Publication Date
Volume
31
Issue
3
Pages
169–174
Identifiers
PMID: 3751340
Source
Medline

Abstract

The position of self-medication in the health care system of the Federal Republic of Germany has become more important during the last years. The possibility of self-treatment of minor illnesses is accepted by the majority of the consumers. Associations concerned and the legislature are in favour of self-medication particularly in view of political principles and health economical reasons within a limit which does not endanger the security of medication. At present self-medication medicines amount to 18 per cent of the sale of medicines in pharmacies. There has been a lot of discussion lately on the distinction between prescribed and non-prescribed medicines as well as on the risks of pharmaceuticals available for self-service. But the principle of self-medication itself is not in doubt.

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