Is drug utilization in Greece sex dependent? A population-based study

Basic Clin Pharmacol Toxicol. 2013 Jan;112(1):55-62. doi: 10.1111/j.1742-7843.2012.00920.x. Epub 2012 Aug 22.


Despite scarce data pertaining to prescription drug sales in Greece, the lack of large-scale epidemiological studies has made it difficult to elaborate on putative differences regarding drug consumption patterns between the two sexes. Herein, we sought to investigate whether sex may have an impact on medication trends of the Greek population. The data reported are part of a survey conducted under the auspices of the National Center for Social Research. Information was collected from 2499 Athenian citizens. Probability of drug use was assessed through Pearson chi-square (χ(2) ) test and logistic regression was implemented to clarify whether sex or other socio-economic and morbidity factors may influence drug utilization. Women consumed more drugs as compared to men. Sex proved to be a differentiating factor influencing the use of analgesic/non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, cardiovascular, anxiolytic and antidepressant drugs, as well as drugs for the treatment of thyroid diseases and osteoporosis. Present results further implicate other socio-economic factors (e.g. education, employment and financial status) in the harnessing of drug use in Greece. To the best of our knowledge, this is the largest pharmacoepidemiological study to report that Greek women consume more drugs and present different medication patterns, as compared to men. Further research is considered imperative in order for the awareness of prescribers, policy-makers and the general public on this sensitive matter to be increased.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Drug Therapy / statistics & numerical data*
  • Female
  • Greece
  • Humans
  • Logistic Models
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Pharmacoepidemiology
  • Sex Characteristics
  • Socioeconomic Factors