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ASSESSMENT OF KNOWLEDGE, ATTITUDE AND PERCEPTION TOWARDS GOOD PHARMACY PRACTICE IN COMMUNITY PHARMACISTS OF INDIA

Author Sangeeth Gandesiri, M. P. Srujana, Dr. Y. Padmanabha Reddy, Dr. Mohanraj Rathinavelu

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Effective therapy with prescribed medicines requires a collaborative process that includes physicians and pharmacists. Possible errors about the medication can be detected and reduced by pharmacists‟ interventions. The pharmacist is often the last member of the health care team to see the patient, before the patient starts using the drug. The current Prospective Knowledge Attitude Practice (KAP) Questionnaire Study of 06 months duration was designed to assess the knowledge, attitude and perception of community pharmacists towards Good Pharmacy Practice and to study the attitudes towards their professional practice and to determine their perceived competence in various pharmaceutical activities. Among 100 participants, 74 were male and 26 were female, where most of them falls in age group of 31 to 40 years, with professional status being registered pharmacists were 56 being D. Pharmacy and 44 being B. Pharmacy. Professional experience was nearly 6 to 10 years in 34 pharmacists, 11 to 15 years in 34 pharmacists, 1 to 5 years in 22 pharmacists and more than 16 years in 17 pharmacists respectively, in which 67 participants owned their own pharmacies. The most important finding in the current study was the pharmacists low knowledge and practice level about GPP, while their attitude towards the subject was at high level. In Conclusion, the current practice of pharmacy surely needs an improvement which will be a core area to implement and improve pharmaceutical care with a concern on rationality use of medications.

Keywords: Community pharmacists, cross sectional survey, pharmacovigilance, professional practice.


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