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Brazilian Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences

versão On-line ISSN 2175-9790

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RAUBER, Claudia; FELTRIN, Micheli Regina  e  PIOVEZAN, Anna Paula. Evaluation of antibiotics dispensing profile in Tubarão, Santa Catarina, Brazil. Braz. J. Pharm. Sci. [online]. 2009, vol.45, n.4, pp.787-793. ISSN 2175-9790.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S1984-82502009000400024.

Antibiotics are drugs widely used in prophylaxis and treatment of a great number of diseases. However, their use must be carefully controlled as acquisition in pharmacies, often without medical prescription, is elevated. The role of pharmacists in these circumstances is to practice dispensation in a rational manner. Through a structured questionnaire with open and closed questions, this study investigated the profile of antibiotics dispensed in pharmacies of Tubarão, Santa Catarina, Brazil. From the responses, it was observed that 85.0% dispense this class of medicine without medical prescription, mainly for treatment of respiratory (62.8%) and urinary (12.0%) tract disorders. Moreover, pharmacists' guidance was largely focused on posology (66.6%) and drug interaction (12.6%), in addition to the interactions with contraceptives, alcohol and milk. The importance of avoiding antibiotics dispensation without medical prescription must be emphasized, as well as the benefits of educating the population to promote the rational use of medicines.

Palavras-chave : Pharmacy [medicines control]; Antibiotics [dispensation profile]; Antibiotics [rational use].

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