Ciência & Saúde Coletiva
Print version ISSN 1413-8123
LIMA, Geandra Batista; NUNES, Lívio César Cunha and BARROS, José Augusto Cabral de. The use of medicines storaged in the household in a population assisted by Family Health Program. Ciênc. saúde coletiva [online]. 2010, vol.15, suppl.3, pp. 3517-3522. ISSN 1413-8123. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S1413-81232010000900026.
To approach the epidemiological use of medicines is necessary to recognize that such practice is not strictly limited to pharmacotherapy. The appropriate storage and the preservation of medicines are fundamental factors for effectiveness. This study was aimed at verifying the storage form/use of medicines in a community assisted by the Family Health Program in the district of Cristino Castro (PI, Brazil), as well as the level of the people's knowledge regarding drugs storage at home. The data were obtained visiting 52 families, starting with observations and applying a questionnaire. It was observed a low income and education levels, a fact that contributes in the effective therapeutic orientation. High percentage of the stored medicines is acquired without prescription. It is worth of mention the presence of a big amount of antimicrobial, reinforcing the danger of the self medication. 62% of those who take care of drugs have no information about their rational use, and 66% are not conscious of the toxicity. 54.10% of the medicines were at children's and domestic animals reach and 15.92% didn't possess label or any identification. Some families maintain in stock, basic medications, another accumulate a "therapeutic arsenal".
Keywords : Pharmacoepidemiology; Use of medicines; Self-medication.