Prospective surveillance of extemporaneous dispensing of medicines for children

Francesca Rocchi, Maria Pia Raffaelli, Gabriele Marelli, Gian Carlo Taddei, Maurizio Bonati, Adele Borghi, Angelo Colombo, Pieremilio Cornelli, Antonello Giavazzi, Maurizio Giozani, Giuseppe Ricucci, Walter Sonzogni

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Abstract

A prospective, systematic surveillance, of a period of 3 months, was carried out in the Ospedali Riuniti in Bergamo. Six paediatric units in one hospital participated. Extemporaneous preparations of medicines were given to 80 children, six of whom were premature newborns. The children received 97 prescriptions for medicines requiring extemporaneous formulations, corresponding to a total of 2821 doses. The drugs used most often were: chlorhexidine, captopril and acetylsalicylic acid. Prescriptions were usually for children with chronic conditions, in particular malignancy and congenital heart disease. The preparations consisted of: 57% crushed tablets, 28% mouth washes, 8% syrups and 7% solutions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)152-155
Number of pages4
JournalPaediatric and Perinatal Drug Therapy
Volume4
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2001

Keywords

  • Children
  • Extemporaneous dispensing
  • Hospital
  • Prospective surveillance

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pharmacology
  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health

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