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This course looks at the problem of dependence on medicines, both prescribed and over-the-counter. The concept of dependence is explored, along with information on how it might develop, who is at increased risk, and how you might recognise it. There is a focus on the particular dependence-forming medicines that might be encountered in primary care, and information is provided on good prescribing practice. Management strategies are discussed, noting that dependence usually develops slowly and so there are several opportunities to intervene.
Reckitt Benckiser Pharmaceuticals supported the project with an unconditional educational grant.