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Assessment of Good Dispensing Practice Among Drug Stores in Mizan AmanTown, South West Ethiopia

Author(s): Tadele Mekuriya Yadesa, Genet Zeberga

Background: Good dispensing practice refers to the delivery of the correct drug and medical supply to the right patient in the required dosage and quantities in the package that potency and quality for a specified period and clear drug information. The role of such practice in realizing rational drug therapy is enormous. In this regard, although the major contribution is expected from pharmacists rational drug therapy requires the concerted efforts of all health care professionals towards the goal. Objective: To assess good dispensing practice of drug stores in Mizan-Aman town, bench Maji zone, SNNPR, South west Ethiopia Results: The study was conducted on a total of 15 drug stores each of which are headed by a druggist. To this effect, a total of 422 clients of the drug stores were studied. Out of 15 drugstores the availability of cold storage facilities and sufficient lighting in their environment were in 14 (93.3%) of the drugstores followed to this the number of lockable cabinet and adequate number of shelves were recalled in 13 (86.6%) and 12 (80%). in all drugstores the arrangement the medicines were pharmacologically which is 100%. the highest percentage of drug libeling information that were written by the druggist were frequency in 12 (80%) of the drugstores. during this studies in seven patient counseling activities frequency of the drug counseled in 13 (86.6%). in this study 88.1% of POMs were dispensed without a prescription among those drugs 76.3% were non OTC drugs and 42.6% of the clients were didn?¢????t get as they needed its b/c of couldn?¢????t pay for the drugs and in some cases unavailability of the drugs. of the 15 drugstores 35.5% of the druggist asked for whom the needed is for self or someone else and age 23% were the most commonly requested questions. Conclusion and Recommendations: Dispensing POMs without a medical prescription was major practice in each drugstore; dispensers often didn?¢????t ask further questions when requested for specific drugs. Assessment of the cases was far from the optimum practice and responses or recommendations are inappropriate. The health bureau of Mizan Aman town should establish tighter control over the dispensing practice of drugstores and Training on responses of symptoms should be provided to the druggist by pharmacy departments in the local university.