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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 3

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

Variable Obtained in US without
prescription, n (%)
Yes No p
Bought outside the United States without prescription
Yes 31 (31.3) 68 (68.7) <0.01
No 11 (9.2) 109 (90.8)
Should antimicrobial drugs be available without prescription?
Yes 25 (37.3) 42 (62.7) <0.01
No 17 (11.2) 135 (88.8)
Age (y)
<30 29 (24.2) 91 (75.8) 0.04
≥30 13 (13.1) 86 (86.9)
Health status
Excellent-good 39 (20.5) 151 (79.5) 0.19
Fair-poor 3 (10.3) 26 (89.7)
Sex
Male 16 (21.0) 60 (79.0) 0.61
Female 26 (18.2) 117 (81.8)
Years in United States
<4 11 (12.4) 78 (87.6) 0.03
≥4 31 (23.8) 99 (76.2)
Insurance
None 40 (20.0) 160 (80.0) 0.32
Insured 2 (10.5) 17 (89.5)
Education
Did not graduate from high school 15 (14.0) 92 (86.0) 0.06
High school graduate or more 27 (24.1) 85 (75.9)
County of birth
Mexico 35 (21.3) 129 (78.7) 0.26
Other Central American country 2 (8.3) 22 (91.7)
South American country 5 (20.5) 19 (79.2)
United States 0 7 (100)

*N = 219.

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