In order to understand where and how the Swedish public access their medicines, especially prescribed medicines, an online survey was conducted as a pilot study during April and May 2016. Among a collection of 155 answers, the data shows that, although a majority of the respondents feel hesitated and negative towards shopping prescribed medicines online, a tendency is demonstrated that people would seek out medical assistance from other sources in foreign countries if their need could not be satisfied by the current national healthcare service. This might expose these vulnerable patients to the danger of falsified medicines. Our findings point out the need to map out medical consumers’ shopping patterns and call for more qualitative studies to understand this mechanism and to provide the public with necessary information regarding shopping medicines in a safe environment.
- Falsified medicine
- the public