Performance of retail pharmacies in low- and middle-income Asian settings: a systematic review

by Rosalind Miller and Catherine Goodman
Health Policy Plan. (2016) 31 (7): 940-953. – First published online: March 8, 2016

14 pp. 395 kB
http://heapol.oxfordjournals.org/content/31/7/940.full.pdf+html7.cover

Pharmacy practice in Asia is characterised by insufficient history taking; a lack of appropriate patient referral; poor adherence to treatment guidelines, inappropriate supply of medicines and insufficient counselling. Adequate knowledge alone is not sufficient to ensure appropriate management of patients presenting at the pharmacy. Profit incentives and the regulatory environment must be taken into consideration when designing interventions to improve pharmacy practice in these settings. Intervention research in this area appears to be lacking and more research is particularly required on non pharmacist-run pharmacies and unregistered drug shops.

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