Tropical Journal of Pharmaceutical Research
Pharmacotherapy Group, Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Benin, Benin City, Nigeria
Vol. 15, No. 4, 2016, pp. 855-860
Bioline Code: pr16115
Full paper language: English
Document type: Research Article
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Tropical Journal of Pharmaceutical Research, Vol. 15, No. 4, 2016, pp. 855-860
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Pharmacists’ knowledge and perception of topical antibacterial drug dispensing in community pharmacy setting in Kedah, Malaysia|
Amirthalingam, Sathish; Verma, Rohit K.; Appalasamy, Jamuna R.; Barura, Ankur & Yi, Kok Shin
To assess Pharmacists’ Perceptions and Experiences of Topical Antibacterial Drug
Dispensing in Community Pharmacy Setting in Kedah State, Malaysia in order to minimize drug
A cross-sectional study involving a pre-validated questionnaire was conducted in community
pharmacies within Kedah State, Malaysia. Descriptive statistics and Spearman’s correlation coefficient
were used for data analysis. The collected were analysed using statistical package for social sciences
(SPSS) version 18.0.
The result shows that, 53.4 % of CPs in Kedah State perceived that topical antibacterial is not
necessary for every topical bacterial infection. Fusidic acid was the most frequently dispensed topical
antibacterial drug while superficial wound was reported to be the most frequently encountered topical
bacterial infection. CPs (12.60 %) encountered antibacterial resistance cases but none reported them.
The drug that had resistance issue was neomycin.
CPs in Kedah State, Malaysia generally have the right perceptions on the dispensing of
topical antibacterial drugs. However, their knowledge on the rational use of topical antibacterial drugs
and vigilance on antibacterial resistance issue need improvement.
Perception; Community pharmacists; Topical antibacterial; Inappropriate antibiotic use
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