Influence of leftover antibiotics on self-medication with antibiotics for children: a cross-sectional study from three Chinese provinces.
Chenhui Sun, Yanhong Jessika Hu, Xiaomin Wang, Jingjing Lu, Leesa Lin, Xudong Zhou
BMJ Open | Published : 2019
OBJECTIVES: To investigate leftover antibiotics and their influence on self-medication with antibiotics (SMA) for Chinese children, and further explore the different influences of leftovers from two main sources: previous prescriptions and pharmaceutical purchases. DESIGN: A cross-sectional questionnaire study. SETTING: The participants were approached through kindergartens and primary schools as well as in vaccination clinics. PARTICIPANTS: A total of 9526 parents from three Chinese provinces whose children were aged 0-13 years completed the survey. OUTCOME MEASURES: The prevalence of keeping antibiotics at home for children and the proportion of leftover antibiotics from two main sources w..View full abstract