Chronicles of Young Scientists

ORIGINAL ARTICLE
Year
: 2012  |  Volume : 3  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 156--159

A pilot study exploring awareness among general public toward issues related to medication safety in the state of Penang, Malaysia


Mohamed Azmi Hassali1, Asrul A Shafie1, Fahad Saleem1, Harith Al-Qazaz2, Imran Masood3, Muhammad Atif4, Hisham Aljadhey3 
1 Discipline of Social and Administrative Pharmacy, School of Pharmaceutical Sciences, University Sains Malaysia, Malaysia
2 Ninevah College of Medicine, University of Mosul, Iraq
3 Medication Safety Research Chair, College of Pharmacy, King Saud University, Saudi Arabia
4 Discipline of Clinical Pharmacy, School of Pharmaceutical Sciences, University Sains Malaysia, Malaysia

Correspondence Address:
Mohamed Azmi Hassali
Discipline of Social and Administrative Pharmacy, School of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Universiti Sains Malaysia
Malaysia

Context: A better understanding of medication safety ensures better health state among healthcare consumers. Aim: The study aims to assess general public awareness toward issues related to medication safety. Settings and Design: A cross-sectional study was conducted among general public selected conveniently in the state of Penang, Malaysia. Materials and methods: A total of 500 respondents were approached and 476 consumers participated in the survey giving a response rate of 95.2%. Statistical analysis: Data were analyzed by using SPSS version 12.0 and descriptive statistics were reported where appropriate. Results: Majority of the respondents (n=292, 61.3%) stated that they were well aware of the possible side effects of their current medications. A total of 196 respondents (41.17%) believed that all medicines registered in Malaysia are safe to use as these medicines have no side effects. About 40.33% (n=192) of the respondents claimed that they share their unused medicines with family and friends who are having similar illness. Majority of respondents 57.7% (n=275) were satisfied with the drug information provided by the healthcare professionals. This study also found that more than 80% of the respondents (n=409) did report that they read the labels of their medication before using. Conclusions: In this study, it was revealed that there is a moderate level of public knowledge regarding medication safety. It is evident that public underestimates the risk of their medications. There is a general lack of awareness and understanding among the public especially toward side effects.


How to cite this article:
Hassali MA, Shafie AA, Saleem F, Al-Qazaz H, Masood I, Atif M, Aljadhey H. A pilot study exploring awareness among general public toward issues related to medication safety in the state of Penang, Malaysia.Chron Young Sci 2012;3:156-159


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Hassali MA, Shafie AA, Saleem F, Al-Qazaz H, Masood I, Atif M, Aljadhey H. A pilot study exploring awareness among general public toward issues related to medication safety in the state of Penang, Malaysia. Chron Young Sci [serial online] 2012 [cited 2020 Feb 26 ];3:156-159
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