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Table 2 Frequencies of information provision to consumers and information collection from consumers

From: Information provision and retrieval by registered salespersons from consumers during over-the-counter drug sales – a questionnaire survey

N = 207 Always Sometimes Not often Not at all
Information provision     
 Brand name 91
(44.0)
83
(40.1)
28
(13.5)
5
(2.4)
 Indications 151
(72.9)
49
(23.7)
6
(2.9)
1
(0.5)
 Dosage 94
(45.4)
99
(47.8)
13
(6.3)
1
(0.5)
 Side effects 42
(20.3)
101
(48.8)
59
(28.5)
5
(2.4)
 Ingredients 71
(34.3)
116
(56.0)
18
(8.7)
2
(1.0)
 Precautions for use 45
(21.7)
100
(48.3)
53
(25.6)
9
(4.3)
 Precautions for storage and handling 14
(6.8)
68
(32.9)
100
(48.3)
25
(12.1)
Information collection     
 Symptoms 191
(92.3)
14
(6.8)
1
(0.5)
1
(0.5)
 Age 63
(30.4)
107
(51.7)
33
(15.9)
4
(1.9)
 Medical history 46
(22.2)
109
(52.7)
45
(21.7)
7
(3.4)
 Pregnancy (for consumers of relevant age and sex) 54
(26.1)
97
(46.9)
50
(24.2)
6
(2.9)
 Concomitant medications 82
(39.6)
101
(48.8)
21
(10.1)
3
(1.4)
 Favorite items† 13
(6.3)
68
(32.9)
102
(49.3)
24
(11.6)
 Allergies 54
(26.1)
103
(49.8)
44
(21.3)
6
(2.9)
  1. Numbers in parentheses indicate percentage of the total of 207 respondents
  2. †Alcohol, tobacco, health foods, etc.