Aims - To explore the opinion of pharmacists with respect to falsified medicines.
Methods - A postal survey was developed and distributed to 359 pharmacies via the local pharmaceutical committee in Hampshire, UK. Descriptive statistics and hypothesis testing was conducted. Hypothesis testing (95% CI, α = 0.05) will be conducted to identify any gender differences, differences based on years of experience and differences based on number of working hours per week.
Results - A 14% response rate was achieved. Pharmacists surveyed believe that falsified-medicines pose a significant problem to the profession on a five-point Likert scale (4.02 ± 1.078). A pharmacist’s intervention can prevent or disrupt the supply to patients (4.12 ± 0.824) and training courses can improve pharmacist’s knowledge (4.06 ± 0.843). Pharmacists are not confident and capable in identifying falsified-medicines (2.62 ± 1.105). This is surprising and unexpected because pharmacists are medicines-expert. A 10-item scale is validated (72.2% Cronbach alpha).
Conclusions - Falsified-medicines pose a small but significant and growing challenge to the profession. There is underutilization of the high street community pharmacist in identifying falsified-medicines. Healthcare professionals should report suspect counterfeits to the MHRA.
|Journal||Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmacognosy Research|
|Early online date||14 Jun 2018|
|Publication status||Early online - 14 Jun 2018|
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Barrett, R. (Creator) & Al-Mousawi, H. A. (Creator), Asociación Académica de Ciencias Farmacéuticas de Antofagasta, 14 Jun 2018
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