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Volume 11, Number 6—June 2005

Research

Nonprescribed Antimicrobial Drugs in Latino Community, South Carolina

Arch G. Mainous*Comments to Author , Andrew Y. Cheng*, Rebecca C. Garr*, Barbara C. Tilley*, Charles J. Everett*, and M. Diane McKee†
Author affiliations: *Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, South Carolina, USA; †Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, New York, USA

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Table 2

Relationship between home country behavior, health beliefs, and access to care variables to importation of nonprescribed antimicrobial drugs into United States*

Variable Brought antimicrobial drugs
into United States, n (%)
Yes No p
Bought outside the United States without prescription <0.01
Yes 27 (27.3) 72 (72.7)
No 9 (7.5) 111 (92.5)
Should antimicrobial drugs be available without prescription? 0.11
Yes 15 (22.4) 52 (77.6)
No 21 (13.8) 131 (86.2)
Age (y) <0.01
<30 11 (9.2) 109 (90.8)
≥30 25 (25.2) 74 (74.8)
Health status
Excellent-good 30 (15.8) 160 (84.2) 0.51
Fair-poor 6 (20.7) 23 (79.3)
Sex 0.85
Male 13 (17.1) 63 (82.9)
Female 23 (16.1) 120 (83.9)
Years in United States 0.33
<4 12 (13.5) 77 (86.5)
≥4 24 (18.5) 106 (81.5)
Insurance
None 33 (16.5) 167 (83.5) 0.94
Insured 3 (15.8) 16 (84.2)
Education
Did not graduate from high school 13 (12.2) 94 (87.8) 0.09
High school graduate or more 23 (20.5) 89 (79.5)
Country of birth
Mexico 24 (14.6) 140 (85.4) 0.13
Other Central American country 3 (12.5) 21 (87.5)
South American country 8 (33.3) 16 (66.7)
United States 1 (14.3) 6 (85.7)

*N = 219.

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