A survey on pharmacy retail outlets’ adherence to the laws and regulations

Chauhan, Janki and Chugh, Rishabh and Naik, Anantha Nagappa and Muragundi, Pradeep M (2015) A survey on pharmacy retail outlets’ adherence to the laws and regulations. International Journal of Community Pharmacy, 8 (2). pp. 18-23.

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Abstract

Introduction: The number of Pharmacies are growing rapidly in India, thus to improve the health status there is a need of stringent rules and regulations to allow the proper functioning of the community pharmacies. Aim: To find out the extent to which the pharmacies adhere to the rules and regulations. Settings and Design: Questionnaire based survey. Methods and Materials: The questionnaire was distributed to 65 pharmacy shops in Karnataka region of India. Whereby, questionnaire comprised of twenty five questions that included both multiple choice questions as well as polar questions. The collected data was then analysed using excel sheets and SPSS. Results: The pharmacy shops were mainly owned by males 81.5%. The rules and regulations were adhered to as follows: wearing of the aprons 18.5%, highest having the dispensing area with six square meters 86.2%, almost all the poisons were labelled and under lock and key, the alphabetical order for drug coding over weighed the company and therapeutic method of classification. The maintenance of patient data was found in only 1.5%, and although the all the pharmacies survey are aware of the laws and regulations the adherence to follow it was found to be low. The availability of the required books and equipment wasn’t up to the mark, as only 35.4% of the pharmacies had the Indian Pharmacopoeia, although all had the refrigerator, merely 7.7% had the blood sugar machine and 12.3% had the blood pressure machine. Conclusions: Stringent rules should be made so as the retailers can adhere to the laws and regulations for better patient care.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Pharmacy; adherence; retail market; laws and regulations.
Subjects: Pharmacy > MCOPS Manipal > Pharmacy Management
Depositing User: KMC Library
Date Deposited: 06 Nov 2015 08:56
Last Modified: 06 Nov 2015 08:56
URI: http://eprints.manipal.edu/id/eprint/144504

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