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Title: Community pharmacists' knowledge, attitudes and practices towards herbal remedies in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Authors: Alkharfy, K.M.
Issue Date: 2010
Language: English
Abstract: There is an increasing trend towards consumption of complementary and alternative herbal products in many parts of the world. A cross-sectional sample of 115 community pharmacists in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia was visited and information on knowledge, attitudes and practices towards herbal remedies was collected using a structured questionnaire. All pharmacists acknowledged dispensing herbal products through their pharmacies. Ginseng was the most widely used product [47%], followed by ginkgo [23%], valerian [17%] and St John's wort [3.5%]. In general, pharmacists had poor awareness about potential herb-drug interactions. While 56% of participating pharmacists expressed concerns about the safety of herbal remedies, 30% considered them to be harmless. Community pharmacists need to be better informed about herbal products
Description: 988-993
Keywords: Pharmacists
Plant Extracts
Cross-Sectional Studies
Plants, Medicinal
Subject: Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice
ISSN: 1020-3397
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