Determination of pharmacy pharmacists and pharmacy employees' knowledge of and attitudes towards magistral drug preparation in Malatya/ TurkeyTurgay Kolaç, Perihan Gürbüz, Gülsüm Yetiş, Zehra Deniz Çırak
Magistral drugs are preferred when present preparations are not sufficient. Even though their usage had decreased, it is predicted that magistral applications will be used more often in the future. In this study pharmacists and pharmacy employees working in 95 pharmacies in Malatya city center agreed to participate in the study (n=203) and filled in a questionnaire which was prepared according to literature. In the analysis of the obtained data, frequency and percentages were calculated using SPSS 24.0 program. It was observed that 11.1% of the pharmacies were close to a health center and 88.0% of the participants were preparing magistral drugs. 55.2% of the participants stated that they prepared magistral medications 1-2 times a week. According to the results, although the frequency varied with the localization of pharmacies, magistral drug preparation ratios were generally similar to those found in the literature. Preferred magistral drug forms were: creams (74.7%), pomades (69.8%) and solutions (54.7%). Of the participants who declared themselves to be inadequately skilled in magistral drug preparation, 19.5% said that the prescriptions were insufficient and 33.3% reported that the doctors’ prescriptions were incomplete or unreadable.