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Do community pharmacists need a workshop about MDI use?

Published in Wiley
Volume: 43
Issue: 2

To the Editor, I appreciate the letter entitled 'Do Saudi community pharmacists know how to use MDIs?'. 1 Abdulwahab et al. 1 stated 'We decided to investigate Saudi community pharmacists knowledge and their responses to queries from asthma patients on appropriate MDI technique'. I would like to clarify the information about community pharmacists in Saudi Arabia and give suggestions to improve pharmacist's knowledge of metered dose inhalers (MDIs) use. According to the annual reports from the Ministry of Health, Saudi Arabia there are no Saudi pharmacists working in community pharmacies in the Al Qassim region. 2 There is a lack of Saudi pharmacists in Saudi Arabia with most of them working in public hospitals and polyclinics because of better salaries and benefi ts. 3 Further studies are needed to understand the situation in other areas of Saudi Arabia as well as the factors that affect the knowledge of MDIs. More training in counselling as part of the pharmacy curriculum and how to use MDIs workshop is necessary to improve the knowledge of community pharmacists of the use of MDIs and to improve pharmacy practice. Importance of economic study of organophosphorous poisoning in India To the Editor, Organophosphorous poisoning (OPP) from occupational, accidental and intentional exposure is a major public health problem particularly in the developing world. Hazardous occupational practices and unsafe storage of the OP compounds cause health threats to millions of people around the world. 1 However, the majority of deaths are due to deliberate self-poisoning, which put an immense strain on hospital services, particularly in Asia. A community study reported that the majority of pesticide self-poisonings was an impulsive response to economically or psychologically stressful events, facilitated by easy access to pesticides. 2 OPP is skewed against the poorer segments that cannot afford hospitalisation costs and have little means to support their livelihood when ill. Therefore, OPP is one problem, which is an important candidate for coverage under insurance. Interestingly, developed countries record a fatality rate of 0.6% against 8% in a developing country – a 133-fold difference! This big difference is most likely due to differences in pesticide legislation laws. 3 A large portion of a health budget could be saved if incidents of intentional poisoning could be regulated by stricter legislations for restricting access to OP compounds through unlicensed I would like to sincerely thank Drs Benôit Allenet and Pierrick Bedouch for their time and enthusiasm during my visit. I would also like to thank Pfi zer and SHPA for granting the funds.

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