Dispensing Pattern of Non-Steroidal Anti-inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDS) Among Pharmacists of Ilorin Metropolis, Kwara State

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The use and misuse of Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) across the world and especially in Nigeria is very high and Pharmacists are a vital channel by which these drugs reach the patients. They can also be a source of determining the extent of use and misuse of NSAIDs among a population. This work therefore aims at assessing the dispensing pattern of NSAIDs among the community Pharmacists in Ilorin metropolis and also to assess their perception towards the use of NSAIDs in Ilorin metropolis. A survey type of research carried out among Pharmacists in Ilorin metropolis. Out of all the Community Pharmacists in Ilorin metropolis, fifty one Pharmacists consented to participate. Self-administered questionnaires were distributed to Pharmacists in community practice to elicit information on their demographic information and dispensing characteristics of NSAIDs in their Pharmacy. Data was analyzed using Statistical Package for Social Sciences (SPSS) software package version 16. Descriptive statistical analysis was used. Result showed that 35.3% of Pharmacies have estimated distance of less than 2km from an existing health facility. About 60.6% of Pharmacies fill less than 20 prescriptions per week with the prescriptions frequently containing at least one NSAID. About 51% of respondents perceived the level of prescribed NSAIDs as very high and Ibuprofen (45.1%), diclofenac (56.9%) and piroxicam (56.9%) were perceived as individual NSAIDs with high level of inappropriate use by residents. The Pharmacists‘ perception of public attitude to Pharmacists include Pharmacists are more accessibele than other health care practitioners (62.7%), public sees Pharmacists as knowledgeable in drugs (58.8%) and awareness of Pharmacists role by public is low (54.9%) among other perceptions. Dispensing pattern of NSAIDs by Pharmacists shows that there were minimal prescriptions filling although most of the prescription frequently contained NSAIDs. Pharmacists perceived ibuprofen, diclofenac and piroxicam as those NSAIDs with high level of misused by the Public.



Dispensing pattern, NSAIDs, Community Pharmacists, Community Pharmacy, Pharmacists‘ perception.


Jamiu M.O. and Abu-Saeed K (2018). Dispensing Pattern of Non-Steroidal Anti-inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDS) Among Pharmacists of Ilorin Metropolis, Kwara State. Journal of Pharmaceutical Research Development and Practice, 2 (1):1-8