ACTA Pharmaceutica Sciencia 2017 , Vol 55 , Num 2
The Role of Pharmacists in Kırklareli (Turkey) as Primary Health Care Providers
M. Eşref Tatlıpınar 1 Yılmaz Göksu 2 Gülden Z. Omurtag 1
1 İstanbul Medipol University, School of Pharmacy, Department of Pharmaceutical Toxicology 34810, İstanbul, Turkey
2 Kuleli St. No: 27/11 Gaziosmanpaşa, Çankaya, Ankara, Turkey
DOI : 10.23893/1307-2080.APS.05514 This study was carried out in Kırklareli in 2005. The aim was to investigate the role of pharmacists as primary health care providers. In 63.5% of the total number of 55 pharmacies taking part in the research, there was no health care service within a 150 meter range. The remaining pharmacies, constituting 36.4%, did have health care services within a 150 meter range. These were in the proximity of either village clinics (55%), state hospitals (35%), or private hospitals (10%). 51.9% of the pharmacists are female and 48.1% male, and usually, they employ 1 or 2 assistants; only 1.9% do not employ an assistant. The assistants are between the ages of 20-29, and most of them are high school graduates. 27.4% of them work 10 hours a day, and 43.5% of them work 11 hours a day. 23.3% of the medicine sold in pharmacies in the most recent week of the study was unprescribed. 84% of the pharmacists told the patient to inform them of any adverse reactions and/or side effects. In the case of adverse reactions and/or side effects, 57.7% of patients informed the pharmacist before consulting a doctor. 100% of the pharmacists guided the patient to TÜFAM (The National Pharmacovigilance Centre-in Turkey). Pharmacists encounter drug poisoning very infrequently (5.7%) and respond to it 100% of the time. In the most recent week of the study, no one applied for an HIV test. 94.1% of the pharmacists do not approve of the selling of over-the-counter drugs. As a result of this study, we learned that provisions for the primary health care services given at pharmacies were not present in existing legislation, although there is a demand for them in the affected communities. Keywords : pharmacist, primary health care, prescribed medicines, non-prescribed medicines

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