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Pharmacists can help prevent holiday disasters

The Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain has published new research that shows British holidaymakers fail to stock-up on healthcare products before going abroad
The Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain (RPSGB) has published new research that shows British holidaymakers fail to stock-up on healthcare products before going abroad.

Research shows that when travelling abroad, most people will spend around £95 on clothes, make-up and swimwear. However, when it comes to healthcare products such as sun cream, insect repellent and condoms, Brits spend less than £20.

David Pruce, the society's director of practice and quality improvement, said: "It's understandable that people going on holiday don't think about their healthcare needs, but travelling abroad can expose people to health risks that don't pose the same threat at home."

The results show that sunburn and insect bites are the most common afflictions experienced abroad. Other complaints include upset stomachs, diarrhoea and infected wounds.

Talking about the benefits of consulting a pharmacist ahead of travelling abroad, Pruce said: "Pharmacies are a fantastic one-stop-shop resource ñ aside from being able to buy holiday healthcare items, people can access free, expert advice, without having to make an appointment."

19th June 2008

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