Responses of community pharmacists to potential oral carcinoma

M. S. Leonard, B. J. Isetts, C. X. Leonard

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This survey was performed to determine whether community pharmacists respond appropriately when they encounter an oral lesion of extended duration - which is a sign of potential oral carcinoma. An interviewer visited 101 community pharmacies in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area, Rochester, and St. Cloud, Minn. The interviewer told the pharmacist: 'My grandmother has had an ulcer on the floor of her mouth for two or three months.' Two-thirds of the pharmacists recommended purchasing a product available in the pharmacy; only one-third recommended an appointment with a physician or dentist. This finding appears to indicate a substantial deficit in pharmacists' clinical knowledge of oral conditions. To correct this problem, pharmacists' education should address oral conditions and place increased emphasis on clinical presentation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)203-205
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of the American Pharmaceutical Association
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jan 1 1996


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