World Journal of
Pharmaceutical and Life Sciences

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An International Peer Reviewed Journal for Pharmaceutical and Life Sciences
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Abstract

ASSESSMENT OF PHARMACISTS TOWARD SELF-MEDICATION

*Maisan Hayajneh, Rayan Al Najjar, Ashraf Manaseer, Huda Momani, Alaa Al Rawajfeh

ABSTRACT

Background: Self-medication means the use of medications to treat a disorder or illness that we diagnose ourselves. Although self-care medications are one way to reduce health care costs, inadequate self-medication can involve a variety of risks, including medication side effects, recurrence of symptoms, drug resistance and more. The aim of the study was to investigate knowledge of pharmacists towards self-medication. Methods: This study was conducted at King Hussein Hospital during July 2021. A total of 100 pharmacists were included. A three-part questionnaire developed by researchers is designed to answer pharmacists' knowledge. Statistical analysis was performed in SPSS 25 software. Results: The results showed that self-medication was higher among female (65%). Cough were the most common self-healing disease (93%) and antibiotics (74%) were the most common medications. The main source of information used by those was previous prescription (47%). There was a statistically significant relationship between the level of drug information and the propensity for self-medication (P = 0.005). Recurrence was the most common negative complication of self-care. Conclusion: It is necessary to give pharmacists continuous education programs about self-medication and its negative effects. The high prevalence of self-treatment and misuse of antibiotics can cause a serious risk to drug resistance.

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