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Behind the counter: pharmacies and dispensing patterns of pharmacy attendants in Karachi.
J Pak Med Assoc. 2001 Apr; 51(4):149-53.JP

Abstract

BACKGROUND

There is little literature available on dispensing patterns and unsupervised sale of medicines from pharmacies in developing countries.

OBJECTIVE

This study obtained background information on pharmacies, assessed the level of training, knowledge and dispensing patterns of pharmacy attendants in Karachi.

METHODOLOGY

This is a descriptive cross sectional study with convenient sampling. A structured questionnaire was used to interview pharmacy attendants.

RESULTS

Of the 219 pharmacies surveyed, 62% reported more than 50 customers daily and 20% also sold items of general provision. Mean operating hours were 13. Only 24 (11%) had a visible license. On an average 3 attendants were employed per pharmacy. We interviewed one in each. Amongst the 219 interviewed, 77 (35%) were intermediate qualified and only 26 (12%) pharmacologically trained. Correct frequency of ORS administration was not known by 167 (76%) and 21% incorrectly suggested an anti-diarrhoeal preparation for viral diarrhoea in children. The knowledge of those with pharmacological training was significantly better. For respiratory tract infection in children approximately 60% did not know the correct dose of Paracetamol and Amoxicillin. Only 13 (6%) knew that Propanalol was contraindicated in hypertensive asthamatics. For Cotrimoxazole, metronidazole and lomotil only 40%, 21% and 15% respectively, were aware that these could not be dispensed without prescription.

CONCLUSION

In the absence of trained pharmacists existing pharmacy attendants should be trained to improve drug-dispensing patterns.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Department of Community Health Sciences, Aga Khan University, Karachi.No affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

11759497

Citation

Rabbani, F, et al. "Behind the Counter: Pharmacies and Dispensing Patterns of Pharmacy Attendants in Karachi." JPMA. the Journal of the Pakistan Medical Association, vol. 51, no. 4, 2001, pp. 149-53.
Rabbani F, Cheema FH, Talati N, et al. Behind the counter: pharmacies and dispensing patterns of pharmacy attendants in Karachi. J Pak Med Assoc. 2001;51(4):149-53.
Rabbani, F., Cheema, F. H., Talati, N., Siddiqui, S., Syed, S., Bashir, S., Zuberi, L. Z., Shamim, A., & Mumtaz, Q. (2001). Behind the counter: pharmacies and dispensing patterns of pharmacy attendants in Karachi. JPMA. the Journal of the Pakistan Medical Association, 51(4), 149-53.
Rabbani F, et al. Behind the Counter: Pharmacies and Dispensing Patterns of Pharmacy Attendants in Karachi. J Pak Med Assoc. 2001;51(4):149-53. PubMed PMID: 11759497.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Behind the counter: pharmacies and dispensing patterns of pharmacy attendants in Karachi. AU - Rabbani,F, AU - Cheema,F H, AU - Talati,N, AU - Siddiqui,S, AU - Syed,S, AU - Bashir,S, AU - Zuberi,L Z, AU - Shamim,A, AU - Mumtaz,Q, PY - 2002/1/5/pubmed PY - 2002/1/11/medline PY - 2002/1/5/entrez SP - 149 EP - 53 JF - JPMA. The Journal of the Pakistan Medical Association JO - J Pak Med Assoc VL - 51 IS - 4 N2 - BACKGROUND: There is little literature available on dispensing patterns and unsupervised sale of medicines from pharmacies in developing countries. OBJECTIVE: This study obtained background information on pharmacies, assessed the level of training, knowledge and dispensing patterns of pharmacy attendants in Karachi. METHODOLOGY: This is a descriptive cross sectional study with convenient sampling. A structured questionnaire was used to interview pharmacy attendants. RESULTS: Of the 219 pharmacies surveyed, 62% reported more than 50 customers daily and 20% also sold items of general provision. Mean operating hours were 13. Only 24 (11%) had a visible license. On an average 3 attendants were employed per pharmacy. We interviewed one in each. Amongst the 219 interviewed, 77 (35%) were intermediate qualified and only 26 (12%) pharmacologically trained. Correct frequency of ORS administration was not known by 167 (76%) and 21% incorrectly suggested an anti-diarrhoeal preparation for viral diarrhoea in children. The knowledge of those with pharmacological training was significantly better. For respiratory tract infection in children approximately 60% did not know the correct dose of Paracetamol and Amoxicillin. Only 13 (6%) knew that Propanalol was contraindicated in hypertensive asthamatics. For Cotrimoxazole, metronidazole and lomotil only 40%, 21% and 15% respectively, were aware that these could not be dispensed without prescription. CONCLUSION: In the absence of trained pharmacists existing pharmacy attendants should be trained to improve drug-dispensing patterns. SN - 0030-9982 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/11759497/Behind_the_counter:_pharmacies_and_dispensing_patterns_of_pharmacy_attendants_in_Karachi_ L2 - http://jpma.org.pk/full_article-text.php?article_id=2611 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -