OTC drugs and food supplements advertisement in Poland

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Paweł Kawalec, Maciej Rogala

3 (48) 2016 s. 302–307
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.20883/ppnoz.2016.15

Fraza do cytowania: Kawalec P., Rogala M. OTC drugs and food supplements advertisement in Poland. Polski Przegląd Nauk o Zdrowiu. 2016;3(48):302–307. DOI: https://doi.org/10.20883/ppnoz.2016.15

In Poland, sales of drugs without prescription (OTC drugs) but also diet supplements, have been systematically increasing for several years. At present value of sales in case of only diet supplements stands at 3 milliards per year. Still increasing consumption of OTC drugs and diet supplements – resulting from intensive promotion actions financed by their producers – provoke thoughts and concerns about further health consequences for Polish population and may constitute action area within the scope of public health. Overconsumption of drugs causes with potential threat to health and life; uncontrolled drug combinations (polipragmazja) fraught by high occurrence risk of adverse drug interactions and increase of occurrence risk of drug-inducted complications. Introducing of new law solutions restricting intensity of drug advertisements and diet supplements and also affecting for accuracy of provided information may improve the situation. They are proposed legislative solutions that enable content control of drug advertisements before their publication and financial penalties for producers in case of dissemination of false information during promotion actions.

Key words: OTC drugs, food supplements, advertisement of drugs, drugs sales.

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