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Second Year of the Surveillance on Over-the-Counter Medication Sales Data in Japan


To evaluate the potential of using the sales of Over the Counter (OTC) medicines for early detection of infections of public health concern, retrospective analysis of the sales of OTC common cold medications used for influenza-like illness (ILI) has been carried out in Japan since 2003. This presentation assess correlations and predictability of OTC sales to ILI for 2004-05 influenza season and compares with the results from 2003-04 season to discuss on robustness and versatility of OTC sales surveillance.

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