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BioMed Research International
Volume 2017 (2017), Article ID 5242048, 9 pages
Research Article

Out-of-Hospital Administration of Medication without Prescription and Associated Factors among Preschool Children

1Pediatric Research Laboratory, Faculty of Nursing, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Athens, Greece
2Department of Hygiene, Epidemiology and Medical Statistics, Faculty of Medicine, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Athens, Greece

Correspondence should be addressed to Koralia A. Michail; moc.liamtoh@srunmailarok

Received 5 March 2017; Revised 2 June 2017; Accepted 5 September 2017; Published 10 October 2017

Academic Editor: Paul M. Tulkens

Copyright © 2017 Fotini Andritsou et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


The increasing trend of administering nonprescribed medicines in children is a significant public health issue. The aim of the present study was to assess the use of medication without a prescription (MWP), including both nonprescribed medication (NPM) and prescription-only medication (POM), and identify associated factors, among preschoolers in Athens, Greece. A predesigned questionnaire was distributed to parents from May through June 2011. Multivariable binary logistic regression analysis models were used to assess associations of interest. Results showed that 95.1% of parents reported administering at least one MWP, during the previous 12 months. Antipyretics (91%) were the most commonly NPM and bronchodilators (24.8%) and antibiotics (16.4%) the most common POM dispensed. Child’s increased age group, lack of parental information, higher paternal education, and mother’s foreign nationality were associated with increased antipyretic use (), while father’s foreign nationality and parental age were positive predictors of antibiotic administration (). The likelihood of consuming antipyretics and antibiotics significantly increased when information was provided by a pharmacist ( and , resp.). Conclusively, most parents have administered at least one MWP, including antibiotics, to address symptoms of common childhood diseases, highlighting the need of information campaigns concerning the consequences of their improper use.