Benzodiazepine prescribing guideline adherence and misuse potential in Irish minors.

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dc.contributor.author Murphy, Kevin D.
dc.contributor.author Sahm, Laura J.
dc.contributor.author McCarthy, Suzanne
dc.contributor.author Byrne, Stephen
dc.date.accessioned 2018-05-08T15:01:26Z
dc.date.available 2018-05-08T15:01:26Z
dc.date.issued 2015-06-04
dc.identifier.citation Murphy, K. D., Sahm, L. J., McCarthy, S. and Byrne, S. (2015) 'Benzodiazepine prescribing guideline adherence and misuse potential in Irish minors', International Journal of Clinical Pharmacy, 37(5), pp. 749-752. doi: 10.1007/s11096-015-0138-8 en
dc.identifier.volume 37 en
dc.identifier.issued 5 en
dc.identifier.startpage 749 en
dc.identifier.endpage 752 en
dc.identifier.issn 2210-7711
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10468/6041
dc.identifier.doi 10.1007/s11096-015-0138-8
dc.description.abstract Background: The Good Prescribing Practice for Clinicians guidelines were published in 2002 in Ireland to guide General Practitioners about prescribing benzodiazepines. There has been no research to-date to measure compliance by General Practitioners. Inappropriate prescribing to minors may result in increased use or misuse of benzodiazepines. Objective: The purpose of this study was to evaluate the prescribing of benzodiazepines to minors in Ireland against the Good Prescribing Practice for Clinicians guidelines. Method: Data for medicines dispensed between January 2009 and December 2012 from the Health Intelligence Ireland database were accessed and analysed. This database contains information about government-subsidised community-pharmacy-dispensed medicines. Results: Benzodiazepine prescribing to minors increased by 10.2 % between 2009 and 2012. Almost 15 % of patients (n = 2193) were prescribed benzodiazepines for greater than four weeks; which contravenes the guidelines. Approximately half (51.4 %) of prescribers who contravened this guideline, prescribed all their benzodiazepines in quantities of greater than one week, against the recommendations of the guidelines. Conclusion: The consequences of prescribing against National Guidelines can result in patients who become long-term benzodiazepine users and thus place an increased burden upon the healthcare system. The reasons for non-compliance by GPs should be investigated to find solutions. en
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dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher Springer Verlag en
dc.rights © Koninklijke Nederlandse Maatschappij ter bevordering der Pharmacie 2015. This is a post-peer-review, pre-copyedit version of an article published in International Journal of Clinical Pharmacy. The final authenticated version is available online at: http://doi.org/10.1007/s11096-015-0138-8 en
dc.subject Benzodiazepines en
dc.subject Ireland en
dc.subject Adolescents en
dc.subject Children en
dc.subject Drug utilisation en
dc.title Benzodiazepine prescribing guideline adherence and misuse potential in Irish minors. en
dc.type Article (peer-reviewed) en
dc.internal.authorcontactother Kevin Murphy, School Of Pharmacy, University College Cork, Cork, Ireland. +353-21-490-3000 Email: kevin.murphy@ucc.ie en
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dc.date.updated 2018-05-04T07:24:28Z
dc.description.version Accepted Version en
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dc.internal.pmid 26040836
dc.description.status Peer reviewed en
dc.identifier.journaltitle International Journal of Clinical Pharmacy en
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dc.internal.IRISemailaddress kevin.murphy@ucc.ie en


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