FromPlanet Vol.197 -Awareness Survey on Regular Medicines-
More than 70% of people keep regular medicines ~ More than half of people use some medicines even if they are expired ~
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The top 3 household medicines are “antipyretic/analgesic/sedative,” “cold medicine,” and “eye drops.”
When asked if they had regular medicines at home (Chart 1), 22.7% answered that they had no regular medicines. In other words, more than 70% of people have some kind of medicine on hand.
Looking at what kind of medicines they always have, the top answer is “antipyretic/analgesic/sedative” (43.0%). Second place and below are “cold medicine” (41.7%), “eye drops” (37.1%), “gastrointestinal medicine” (31.5%) and “scratch medicine/disinfectant” (28.9%). “Antipyretic/analgesic/sedative” has a large difference between men and women. Females accounted for more than half (52.3%), while males accounted for 33.7%, about one-third. When limited to men, 1st place is “cold medicine”, 2nd place is “eye drops”, and
“antipyretic/analgesic/sedative” falls to 3rd place.
For many items, the percentage of women who have a regular stockpile is higher than that of men, but there is also a difference between men and women in the percentage of men who answered “I don’t have any medicines on stockpile.” 19.1% of women and 26.3% of men.
Chart 1 picks up the top 15 items, but one of the other items with a large gender difference is “preventing motion sickness.” 6.6% of women compared to 2.4% of men.
What drug do half of the women “do not want to run out”?
When asked which of the medicines they always have on hand that they never want to run out of (Chart 2), the most common responses were “antipyretic/analgesic/sedative” (40.7%), “cold medicine” (30.5%), and “eye drops”. (26.7%), followed by “Gastrointestinal drugs” (22.8%). Up to this point, it is the same rank as the percentage of standing stock.
However, although there was almost no difference in the ratio of “antipyretic/analgesic/sedative” and “cold medicine” in stock, there was a difference of more than 10 points in the ratio of those who did not want to run out. In addition, the point difference between men and women is larger than the percentage of people who keep it as a regular medicine, and 51.4% of women do not want to run out of it, and 29.0% of men, the difference is more than 20 points.
Cold prevention is better than “taking medicine” …
We found that many people always have “antipyretics, analgesics, sedatives” and “cold medicines”, but when asked what measures they take to prevent colds (Figure 3), The proportion of those who “buy over-the-counter medicines” (15.9%) and “take regular medicines” (12.0%) is relatively low.
In descending order of percentage, the results were “gargle and wash hands” (58.3%), “get enough sleep and rest” (57.9%), and “wear a mask” (48.6%).
At Planet, we regularly conduct awareness surveys on measures against colds. In the previous survey (January 2021) and the survey before the previous survey (December 2019), we asked only those surveyed about “people who try to prevent colds during the cold season” about cold prevention (this time, all the target people question), looking at the changes in the top three items (not shown),
“Gargle and wash your hands”
→ Last time: 87.9% (1st place) Last time: 78.5% (1st place)
“Get enough sleep and rest”
→ Last time: 66.3% (2nd place) Last time: 66.7% (3rd place)
“Wear a mask”
→ Two years ago: 56.3% (3rd place) Last time: 74.0% (2nd place). [Image 4
The top reason for not keeping regular medicines is “no particular reason” When we asked the reasons for keeping regular medicines and those who did not (Figures 4 and 5), the top reason for keeping regular medicines was “Because you don’t know when you will need it” (50.8%). On the other hand, the top reason for not placing it was “No particular reason” (35.3%). 2nd place and below are “I can go buy it when I have symptoms” (17.5%), “I prefer medicine prescribed by a doctor” (15.2%), and “I buy it but don’t use it.” Because there was” (14.0%).
Have you checked the expiry date of the medicine?
14.0% of the respondents said that the reason why they did not keep regular medicines was “because they sometimes ended up not using them even if they bought them.” Even if you keep it, you don’t always use it, but if you keep it for a long time, it may be expired before you know it.
When we asked those who kept their household medicines whether they regularly checked for expiration dates (Chart 6), 42.9% of them checked, and 57.1% of them did not. I have found that there are more people who do not. (Of course, there is no need to check it, and it is possible that it is used up before the expiration date.)
Looking at the percentage of people who “check” by gender and age, the percentage is slightly higher for women than for men. In addition, the percentage of men in their 20s and 30s who do not have regular medicines is higher than other age groups (20s: 42.9%, 30s: 53.1%, chart not shown). That’s why the percentage of people who check the deadline is also high, probably because the people who always have it on hand are highly conscious.
“Used even if expired” varies depending on the type of drug
In general, the use of expired drugs is not recommended. Respondents were asked whether they would still use expired household medicines, divided into four categories: oral medicine, eye drops, skin patches, and ointments (Chart 7).
The highest rate of use even after the expiration date was patch (71.3%), ointment (67.5%), oral medicine (48.6%), and eye drops (38.9%).
By age group, young people tend to use “drinking medicine” and “eye drops” even if they have expired. is in
How to deal with drugs is different for each person
I was asked to freely answer what I thought about medicine, how to use it, and how to prevent colds. Some people said, “It’s a waste to throw away medicines that have passed their expiry date,” while others said, “If you have leftover prescribed medicines, keep them and use them someday.” Many people said that they did not catch colds more than before, probably because the corona sickness has increased their awareness of infection control.
[Table 2: https://prtimes.jp/data/corp/30978/table/148_1_5f8a7115105e0380e76fcf3b5e726a5f.jpg ]
Survey organization: Based on a survey plan by Planet Co., Ltd., Neo Marketing Co., Ltd. conducted an awareness survey on “regular medicine”.
Period: From December 13th to December 16th, 2022, we have received responses from 4,000 people on the Internet.
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