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American Journal of Public Health Research. 2016, 4(3), 88-92
DOI: 10.12691/ajphr-4-3-2
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Pharmaceutical Representatives' Opinion about Pharmacists' Drug Dispensing Practices in Romania and Factors that Influence them

Laszlo-Zoltan Sztankovszky1, Magdalena Iorga1, and Vasile Astaratoae1

1Behavioral Sciences, Department of Preventive Medicine and Interdisciplinarity, University of Medicine and Pharmacy “Gr.T.Popa” Iasi, Romania

Pub. Date: April 22, 2016

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Laszlo-Zoltan Sztankovszky, Magdalena Iorga and Vasile Astaratoae. Pharmaceutical Representatives' Opinion about Pharmacists' Drug Dispensing Practices in Romania and Factors that Influence them. American Journal of Public Health Research. 2016; 4(3):88-92. doi: 10.12691/ajphr-4-3-2

Abstract

The objective of the research is to identify pharmaceutical representatives’ opinions on some practices of drug dispensing amongst community pharmacists in Romania. Material and methods: 70 pharmaceutical representatives working with different pharmaceutical companies in Romania answered questions regarding practices of drug dispensing. Different variables were taken into account: age, gender, type of education, and length of employment time. Collected data were analyzed with SPSS 17.0. Results: over 70% of the pharmaceutical representatives consider that pharmacists counsel the patient regarding other drug brand names and take into consideration patient financial contribution when dispensing a certain drug. Regarding the relationship of the pharmacist with doctor and rep, 65% of pharmaceutical representatives consider the relationship with the doctor, and 40% the relationship with the rep, important when dispensing a drug. No important differences were identified in relation to the gender or type of education. Conclusion: the study provides information regarding pharmaceutical representatives’ opinions on practices of drug dispensing. More than 2/3 of the reps consider that pharmacists are counseling the patient regarding a drug to a high level.

Keywords:
pharmaceutical representative drug dispensing pharmacist practices

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