Prescription drugs and women
Clearinghouse Connector – May 2015
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Prescription drugs are medications that legally require a medical prescription to be dispensed though a pharmacy. Literature on prescription drugs and women reveals that gender plays a role in:
- the non-medical use of prescription drugs
- pregnancy and breastfeeding
- adherence to medication regimes
- drug actions and drug development
- post-violence therapy and survival
- breast cancer therapy and survival
A gendered approach to managing issues related to prescription drugs and women is therefore recommended to maximise positive health outcomes for women.
Non-medical use of prescription drugs (NMUPD)
Misuse of pharmaceuticals (National Drugs Strategy Household Survey 2013 key findings) Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, 2015
Gender and prescription opioid abuse Sex and Gender Women’s Health Collaborative, 2015
Superwoman syndrome fuels pill-pop culture NBC News, 2010
Non-medical use of prescription drugs in a national sample of college women Addictive Behaviors, 2011
Prescription painkiller overdoses: a growing epidemic, especially among women Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2013
Costs of medicines and health care: a concern for Australian women across the ages BMC Health Services Research, 2013
Do we really need prescriptions for the contraceptive pill? The Conversation, 2013
Pharmacy women with a clear message Pharmacy Guild of Australia, 2014.
Submission for Reclassification of Selected Oral Contraceptives [Executive Summary] New Zealand Medicines and Medical Devices Safety Authority, 2014
Drug actions and drug development
A new women’s issue: statins New York Times, 2014
The drug-dose gender gap New York Times, 2013
Pregnant women must be studied toot The Conversation, 2014
Gender bias in clinical research, pharmaceutical marketing, and the prescription of drugs Global Health Action, 2014
Pregnancy and breastfeeding
Medicines in pregnancy : safe? NPS MedicineWise, 2014
Knowledge, attitudes and practices of health professionals and women towards medication use in breastfeeding: a review International Breastfeeding Journal, 2011
Pregnant women and prescription drug abuse, dependence and addiction : Toolkit on State legislation American College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (ACOG), 2015
Compliance / non-adherence
Health decision-making among rural women: physician access and prescription adherence Rural and Remote Health, 2011
Women and men report different behaviours in, and reasons for medication non-adherence: a nationwide Swedish survey Pharm Practice (Granada), 2012
Post-violence therapy and survival
Cancer therapy and survival
Medication use in breast cancer survivors compared to midlife women Supportive Care in Cancer, 2013
Breast Cancer Network Australia submission to the Senate Community Affairs References Committee inquiry into cancer drugs Breast Cancer Network Australia, 2015
Submission to the Inquiry into communiity pharmacy Victoria Women’s Health Victoria, 2014
Reducing the alcohol and drug toll: Victoria’s plan 2013-2017 Victoria. Department of Health, 2012
The national drug strategy 2010-2015: a framework for action on alcohol, tobacco and other drugs Australia. Department of Health and Ageing, 2011
Responding to pharmaceutical drug misuse problems in Australia : a matter of balance : NCETA literature review to support the development of the National Pharmaceutical Drug Misuse Strategy National Centre for Education and Training on Addiction, 2011
Inquiry into the supply and use of methamphetamines, particularly ice, in Victoria Victoria. Parliament. Law Reform, Drugs and Crime Prevention Committee, 2014
Inquiry into the misuse/abuse of benzodiazepines and other forms of pharmaceutical drugs in Victoria : final report Drugs and Crime Prevention Committee, 2007
National medicines policy document Australia. Department of Health, 1999
Better Health Channel Medicines : safety issues
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