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Year : 2020  |  Volume : 9  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 114-121

In-homes' medicines storage, use, and beliefs: Saudi study

1 Department of Clinical Pharmacy, College of Medicine and Health Sciences, University of Palestine, Gaza, Palestine
2 Department of Clinical Pharmacy, Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Gezira, Wad Madani, Sudan
3 Department of Clinical Pharmacy, College of Pharmacy, Taif University, Taif, Saudi Arabia

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Ahmed Salah Eldalo
Department of Clinical Pharmacy, College of Medicine and Health Sciences, University of Palestine, Gaza, Palestine

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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/sjhs.sjhs_172_19

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Background: In-home medication storage and use in Saudi Arabia seem to be common by consuming medicines that liberally dispensed in community pharmacies as well as freely taken without medical advice at homes level. Objective: The prime objective of this study was to investigate the prevalence of stored medicines especially antibiotics, the storage status of medicines in home and community general perception on medicines' storage and use at the level of Saudi homes. Methodology: A study was carried out in different areas in a Western Region, Saudi Arabia, using a pretested questionnaire on one thousands of randomly selected participants. Data were computed and analyzed using (IBM SPSS) Program (version 22). The association between variables was tested; P ≤ 0.05 was taken as a statistically significant cut measure. Results: The response rate was (97.6%). Females were dominant (82.8%). Almost (99.7%) of the investigated families had at least one drug product stored at homes, (66.1%) of the stored medicines were kept for future use and (19.7%) of participants used to take the medicines without any consultation. Penicillin and cephalosporin were the most commonly store antibiotics. The study revealed poor compliance (49.7%), half of the participants (50.5%) admitted they used to recommend medicines' use for treatment of the same symptoms to others, (16.1%) used to buy medicines that were suggested by friends and (33.46%) of participants stored antibiotics without prescription. Conclusion: In Saudi Arabia, there is still a great need to emphasize on rational use of drugs to safeguard population health and to avoid economic losses by relying on using medicines on professional advice.

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