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a lady pharmacist talking to patient cbJune 28 2018

Over half the population in Wales has reported having bought an over the counter medicine in the past four weeks.

Data published in the National Survey for Wales indicates that:

  • 54% of respondents had bought conventional medicines (such as painkillers, indigestion remedies);
  • 5% had bought herbal medicines;
  • 20% had bought mineral or vitamin supplements;
  • 39% had not bought any medication.

This is the first time the data has been collected in the annual National Survey, which involves face-to-face interviews with more than 11,000 randomly-selected adults.

The data also showed that 69% of people had used the services of a pharmacist in the past 12 months. This compares to figures for other non-GP primary care services of the dentist at 68%, the optician at 50%, and the GP surgery nurse at 50%.

Links:
Welsh Government announcement       
National Survey for Wales: Headline results, April 2017 – March 2018. June 20 2018       

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