Over-the-counter medicine and dietary supplement consumption among academic youth in Poland

Tomasz Bochenek*, Brian Godman, Katarzyna Lipowska, Karolina Mikrut, Sandra Zuziak, Magdalena Pedzisz, Aneta Nowak, Andrzej Pilc

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Over-the-counter (OTC) medicines and dietary supplements are increasingly popular in Poland, potentially improving but also potentially posing a threat to public health. The study goal is to characterize and assess behaviors related to use of OTC medicines and dietary supplements among Polish university students. A questionnaire-based survey was performed with students divided into groups (gender, subjects studied, period of studies). The majority of students declared using the products, significantly more females and younger students in their early years. Females tended to be more attentive to product information. Students with a background in biological or medical sciences were also more attentive and less influenced by advertising. The authors present that the differences between the defined groups of students should be utilized in tailored educational activities, aiming to rationalize high consumption of OTC medicines and dietary supplements. Targeting other, especially low-socioeconomic and less-educated, groups should follow.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)199-205
Number of pages7
JournalExpert Review of Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 3 Mar 2016
Externally publishedYes


  • OTC medicine
  • college student
  • dietary supplement
  • gender differences
  • self-treatment
  • survey


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