Forthcoming Issue 2 2024 The Perceptions and Prescribing Patterns of Complementary Medicines for Infantile Colic by Pharmacists in Johannesburg, South Africa

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M Ferreira
R Razlog
J Pellow

Abstract

Background: Complementary medicines for infantile colic are widely available on the South African market, in various pharmacies and retail outlets, without the need for a prescription. Pharmacists therefore have an important role to play in educating patients about the safe and appropriate use of these products.


Objectives: The aim of this study was to investigate the perceptions and prescribing patterns of complementary medicines for infantile colic by pharmacists and pharmacist assistants working in the greater Johannesburg area.


Methods: This research utilised a quantitative approach with a descriptive survey design. A total of 100 pharmacists and pharmacist assistants registered with the South African Pharmacy Council completed a pen-and-paper questionnaire.


Results: A large number of participants reported recommending both conventional and complementary medicines for infantile colic, and overall, positive perceptions of complementary medicine were reported. The majority of participants agreed that they have a responsibility to counsel patients on the use of complementary medicine but felt that they needed to expand their knowledge base.


Conclusions: There appears to be a positive shift towards complementary medicine for the treatment of infantile colic; however, improved training is needed to ensure pharmacists and pharmacist assistants are better informed regarding these products in order to give appropriate advice to patients. 

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Forthcoming Issue 2 2024: The Perceptions and Prescribing Patterns of Complementary Medicines for Infantile Colic by Pharmacists in Johannesburg, South Africa. (2024). South African Journal of Child Health, 18(1). https://doi.org/10.7196/
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Forthcoming Issue 2 2024: The Perceptions and Prescribing Patterns of Complementary Medicines for Infantile Colic by Pharmacists in Johannesburg, South Africa. (2024). South African Journal of Child Health, 18(1). https://doi.org/10.7196/

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