[Survey on Drug-Related Problems in Lithuania's Pharmacies]

Medicina (Kaunas). 2006;42(5):424-8.
[Article in Lithuanian]


Objective: to survey the most common and the most important drug-related problems in Lithuania, to explore their solution and factors influencing it, to formulate recommendations for solving drug-related problems.

Material and methods: Pharmacists from community pharmacies participated in a random survey. They filled in questionnaires about drug-related problems and their solutions. It was the first survey on drug-related problems ever carried out in Lithuania.

Results: For the first time, it was found out that in Lithuania pharmacists most commonly encountered drug-related problem--additional drug therapy (52.03% of respondents)--and most rarely encountered drug-related problem--dosage too high (3% of respondents). Pharmacists stated that all categories of drug-related problems were of equal importance. It was established that pharmacists commonly solved drug-related problems associated with noncompliance with instructions (72.5% of respondents) and rarely met the problem when improper drug was selected (39.56% of respondents).

Conclusion: Patients taking prescription medicines commonly encounter additional drug therapy problem, and patients taking nonprescription medications commonly encounter problems related to noncompliance with instructions.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study
  • English Abstract

MeSH terms

  • Community Pharmacy Services* / trends
  • Data Collection
  • Drug Prescriptions* / statistics & numerical data
  • Drug Therapy*
  • Humans
  • Lithuania
  • Nonprescription Drugs / therapeutic use*
  • Patient Compliance
  • Pharmacists / trends*
  • Surveys and Questionnaires


  • Nonprescription Drugs