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Sale of dose dispensed medicine in the primary Danish health sector 2004-2008

01 December 2009

Dose dispensing was launched in Denmark in 2002, and the use of dose dispensing has increased since then. Dose dispensing is used by all age groups, but the share of users increases with age, and women more frequently use dose dispensed medicine than men.

In the age group of persons over 74 years of age, 9 per cent use dose dispensing.

The distribution of dose dispensing is largest in the Central Denmark Region and lowest in the Region of Southern Denmark.

In all regions, there is a large difference from one municipality to the other.

There is a trend towards users, on average, getting an increasing number of medicines dose dispensed. However, 10 per cent of users only have one or two medicines dose packaged.

Among the users, 10 per cent of prescription-only medicines are not dose dispensed, although the medicine has been approved for dose dispensing.

Sale of dose dispensed medicine in the primary Danish health sector 2004-2008


On dose dispensing

Selected pharmacies provide automated dose dispensing. This is an arrangement where the user is supplied with his or her medicine in small packages for each time of intake. The method is especially suited for persons who consistently use several medicines, as it reduces the risk of medication errors compared to a situation where e.g. a home nurse would place the medicine in single dose containers for the user.

Danish Medicines Agency, 11 November 2009