Category: Professional Posters
Purpose: In Lebanon, most of the pediatric oral antibiotics are manufactured in a powder form and reconstituted before use. For appropriate use of these antibiotic suspensions, parents should be aware of the correct reconstitution, concentration, dose administration, duration of treatment, and storage conditions.
The Lebanese mother’s satisfaction toward pharmacist counseling programs for usage and administration of oral antibiotic suspension is unclear.
This study aims to investigate the attitude and satisfaction of Lebanese mothers towards the pharmacist’s counseling on proper usage and administration of antibiotics suspensions for pediatric usage.
Methods: This study is a questionnaire based descriptive study conducted among the Lebanese population between October 2018 and June 2019, where a sample of 300 mothers were met and asked to answer a face to face questionnaire. The study group was interviewed at major community pharmacies following the presentation of prescriptions for pediatric oral antibiotics.
Results: Preliminary results mainly showed that most of the Lebanese mothers who were interviewed got their knowledge from their pharmacists more than other sources. A high percentage of mothers were satisfied by their pharmacist's counseling as they ranked their satisfaction by more than 3 over 5. On the contrary, they were unsatisfied by their pharmacist’s short consultation time allocated for storage conditions and need to use specific measuring devices.
Conclusion: Although a good percentage of Lebanese mothers claim that they were counseled by their pharmacists about proper usage and administration of pediatric oral antibiotics, still this group appear not to be satisfied with all pharmacist practices. Therefore, there is a real need to improve communication in order to avoid many of the undesired improper storage and dose measuring and to decrease the extent of misuse of these drugs.