Journal of Pharmacy And Bioallied Sciences

: 2021  |  Volume : 13  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 291--297

Self-medication survey among pharmacy students in Iraq

Muhannad R M Salih, Arwa Y Abd 
 Department of Pharmacy, Al-Rasheed University College, Baghdad, Iraq

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Dr. Muhannad R M Salih
Department of Pharmacy, Al-Rasheed University College, Baghdad

Background: Self-medication (SM) is the self-administration of treatment without a medical prescription or consultation or guidance from a physician or a health-care provides. Aim and Objectives: This study aims at understanding the existing prevalence of self-medication (SM) and finding out underlying circumstances among pharmacy students of the two universities. Materials and Methods: A study was undertaken involving pharmacy students of two universities in Baghdad. The students' responses obtained from a self-administered questionnaire were analyzed to assess the prevalence and attitude of students toward SM. Results: The data obtained from a valid questionnaire form answered by 188 students revealed that 63.3% had indulged in SM, and 39.9% reported practicing on rare occasions. The majority (48.9%) relied on the information received from the pharmacist with 44.7% and 16% of them had used over-the-counter and prescription-only medicines, respectively. 54.8% of participants were against SM but reported that it could be used in rare situations. Conclusions: The prevalence of SM was high among study participants. Therefore, necessary steps are needed to create awareness about the irrational use of SM and prevent the sale of medicines without a prescription.

How to cite this article:
Salih MR, Abd AY. Self-medication survey among pharmacy students in Iraq.J Pharm Bioall Sci 2021;13:291-297

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Salih MR, Abd AY. Self-medication survey among pharmacy students in Iraq. J Pharm Bioall Sci [serial online] 2021 [cited 2022 Oct 1 ];13:291-297
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