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Arch Dis Child. 2018 Jun 1. pii: archdischild-2017-314692. doi: 10.1136/archdischild-2017-314692. [Epub ahead of print]

Drug utilisation among Dutch adolescents: a pharmacy prescription records study.

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1
Division of Pharmacoepidemiology and Clinical Pharmacology, Utrecht Institute for Pharmaceutical Sciences (UIPS), Faculty of Science, Utrecht University, Utrecht, The Netherlands.
2
Department of Paediatrics, Medical Centre Leeuwarden (MCL), Leeuwarden, The Netherlands.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Studies on adolescent drug use are scarce as most studies do not distinguish between children and adolescents. Therefore, we assessed overall drug use in adolescents.

METHODS:

A retrospective cohort study was conducted using pharmacy dispensing records from 62 community pharmacies in the Netherlands. Dispensing records of the previous 5 years were extracted for adolescents (12-18 years).

RESULTS:

The study population consisted of 47 421 adolescents who collected at least one medication prescription during adolescence (mean age 15.5±1.8 years; 48.9% males). Half of them collected dermatologicals (46.2% males; 52.3% females), followed by drugs for the respiratory system (43.4% males; 40.3% females) and anti-infectives for systemic use (31.3% males; 39.1% females). The percentage of males using dermatologicals slightly increased, while the percentage of female users decreased with age. The most prescribed active ingredient was methylphenidate.

CONCLUSIONS:

These insights into adolescent drug use help us to better understand adolescent healthcare use.

TRIAL REGISTRATION NUMBER:

Dutch trial register NTR5061.

KEYWORDS:

adolescent health; epidemiology; general paediatrics; pharmacology

Conflict of interest statement

Competing interests: None declared.

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