Medicaments dispensats als pacients amb síndrome gripal en l’àmbit de la Xarxa de farmàcies sentinella de Catalunya durant la temporada de grip 2018-2019
Objectives. To analyse the data on medication dispensed and prescribed to patients with influenza-like syndrome obtained from the Catalan sentinel pharmacy network during the 2018−2019 influenza season. Methods. Data collected from cases of influenza-like syndrome reported by the 60 sentinel pharmacies of Catalonia during the period from October 1, 2018 to May 20, 2019 were analysed. The IBM-SPSS programme was used to analyse the characteristics of cases reported and to determine the percentages of medication dispensed and prescribed in different population groups. Results. A total of 1000 cases of influenza-like syndrome were reported during the period of study. A total of 48% of cases reported were men and 52% were women. A total of 67.4% of reported cases were detected in the community pharmacy, and 13.3% of cases were referred to primary care teams. The pharmacies dispensed medications including only paracetamol, ibuprofen, acetyl salicylic acid, antihistamines or antitussives to 77% of the patients, and dispensed a medication to 95.3% of the patients. Conclusions. The influenza syndromic surveillance system based on the sentinel pharmacy network has made it possible to obtain information on influenza morbidity not assisted in health centres and on the medications dispensed to patients with influenza-like syndrome.
Influenza; Syndromic surveillance; Sentinel pharmacies
Plans P, Jambrina AM, Rius P, Rabanal M, Gaspar MJ, Guayta-Escolies R, et al. Medicaments dispensats als pacients amb síndrome gripal en l’àmbit de la Xarxa de farmàcies sentinella de Catalunya durant la temporada de grip 2018-2019. Butll Epidemiol Catalunya. 2019;40(11):231-238.
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