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Assessment of Patients Awareness towards Pharmacotherapy and their Sources of Drug information in different areas of Hyderabad, Pakistan

Author Affiliations

  • 1Department of Pharmaceutics, Faculty of Pharmacy University of Sindh Jamshoro, PAKISTAN Dow College of Pharmacy,
  • 2Dow University of Health Sciences, Karachi, PAKISTAN

Int. Res. J. Biological Sci., Volume 4, Issue (8), Pages 56-59, August,10 (2015)


Drug Information is very important for safe and effective use of medication as well as to avoid from medication errors. This study was conducted to evaluate the knowledge of patient regarding his prescribed medication. In this questionnaire based study data was collected by face to face interview of the patients including both male and females of age between18-60 years. Total 467 patients were interviewed of which 317 (67.9%) patients received drug related information verbally, 110 (23.6%) in written form and remaining 5.1% in both verbal as well as in written. Furthermore 90.8% drug information is given by physician, only 2.6% by pharmacist, and remaining 6.6% by family and friends.It was also observed that only 66.8% patients read the medication leaflets, but most of them have some difficulty in understanding language, technical terms, and font size of medication leaflets. So it is concluded in this study that patients were not well aware of their prescribed medications use and they were also unable to comprehend medicine leaflets due to complex terminology and also font size. Further results of our study showed that there is lack of pharmacist is health care system.


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