Buprenorphine prescription by general practitioners in a French region

Publié le 1 janvier 2003

Thirion et al., Drug & Alcohol Dependence, 2002

  • Titre traduit: La prescription de Buprénorphine par des médecins généralistes dans une région française
  • Auteurs : X. Thirion, V. Lapierre, J. Micallef, E. Ronflé, A. Masut, V. Pradel, C. Coudert, J.C. Mabriez, J.L. San Marco
  • Résumé : Since 1996 French general practitioners (GPs) may prescribe sublingual buprenorphine tablets as maintenance treatment for opiate dependence. The computerised data management of the main French health reimbursement system now allows surveillance of the use of this drug, and how it is prescribed. The purpose of this study is to determine the profile of maintained patients, prescribed doses, associated psychotropic treatments and how practitioners prescribe these treatments. This study analyses the 11186 buprenorphine prescriptions electronically transmitted for reimbursement between September and December 1999 in a specific French region. It was found that the 2078 treated patients consumed a mean of 11.5 mg of buprenorphine per day and 12% of them procured prescriptions from more than two prescribers. 43% of maintained patients had an associated benzodiazepine prescription, mainly flunitrazepam, often on the same prescription form. 61% of patients had regular follow-up, others had occasional consultations (21%) and another 18% had deviant maintenance treatment (more than two prescribers or more than 20 mg per day of daily buprenorphine dose). Benzodiazepine consumption was much higher in the ‘deviant group’ (71.4%). 85% of buprenorphine prescriptions were made by GPs. 21% of GPs prescribed buprenorphine and 61% of those had only one or two maintained patients. Buprenorphine prescription by French GPs is a procedure with no particular requirements, allowing many patients to easily access maintenance treatments. However, a high risk of abuse exists, which demands extensive investigation and evaluation of these practices.
  • Référence : Drug and Alcohol Dependence 65 (2002) 197–204
  • Liens :
    • Résumé sur PubMed
    • Texte intégral sur addictovigilance.fr + (accès restreint aux seuls Centres d’Addictovigilance)
Retour en haut