May
24-25
2017
Jennifer McCarthy

Jennifer McCarthy

BT Young Scientist 2017 winner

I am a 16-year-old student attending Kinsale Community School. This year, I entered the BT Young Scientist and Technologist Exhibition 2017 with my project entitled “Not What the Doctor Ordered: A Statistical Study investigating whether COST is the Main Incentive for Self-Medication.”

The aims of my project were to identify if COST is the main incentive for self-medication and to also highlight the awareness of the public towards the risks associated of self-medication with un-prescribed/internet medication.

I carried out a survey to investigate if Cost is the main incentive and I used HPLC Analysis to compare the drug concentration of an Irish Ibuprofen Drug and a Spanish Ibuprofen Drug.

From my project research (876 surveys manually collected) I concluded that Cost is the main incentive for self-medication i.e. 70.0% of the public who buy their medication from the internet stated that COST was the driving force that encouraged them to choose the internet as a source of medication rather than the doctor’s prescription.

Also, the overall awareness of the public towards the risks associated with self-medication is LOW. From my analysis, I highlighted that 49.0% of the public were not aware that there could be a risk in the potency of a medicinal product bought from the internet.

To add to the great experience, I was awarded the prestigious special award by the Irish Research Council along with 1st place in my Category – Social and Behavioural Intermediate Individual.

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