Nonprescription medicine purchases in New Zealand


This study aimed to explore purchases of non-prescription medicines in New Zealand. Researchers were stationed for 5 days in 12 pharmacies throughout New Zealand during June and July of 1999. A brief questionnaire was administered, for each medicine purchased, to all available purchasers aged 16 years and over. At least partial data were collected from 2,597 medicine purchases (approximately 71.2% of medicine sales). Respiratory products comprised 42% of sales. Pharmacists were involved in 19.9% of medicine sales. Pharmacy staff featured in 62.2% of 792 influences on first-time purchases. This study tested a viable method for data collection and yielded valuable pharmaceutical marketing data

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This paper was published in University of Queensland eSpace.

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