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Awareness of home drug storage and utilization habits: Saudi study

Marwa Ibrahim Koshok; Thuraiya khairllah Jan; Samia Mohammad AL-tawil; Ebtesam Abdulrhaman Alghamdi; Ahmed A H Ali; Ahmed H. M. Sobh; Mohamed E.A. Abdelrahim Mohammed Gamal.

Abstract
The aim of the study was to investigate the awareness of residents in Saudi Arabia toward in-home drug storage and the using habits of their medications. This is a descriptive study that involved an electronic survey about drug storage and utilization habits. It was developed, pretested, and distributed via the social media among the population in Saudi-Arabia. About 1400 persons participated in this study. Around 84.4%, 96.6% and 58.3% of participants stored their insulin syringes, antibiotic or cough-syrup after opening in there frigerator, respectively. Moreover, most of them avoided use or discard their products upon exposure to the sun or forgetting them in the car for the whole day. 87.5% disclosed that they usually check the expiration date on drug products before using and 49.7% added they always follow the instructions regarding duration-of-use compared with 45.85% who said sometimes they follow it. 99.7% of them reported that they avoid using products upon change in color or formulation. Finally, variable-correlation was found between the age distribution of participants and their responses. The results revealed that the participants exhibited promising awareness toward the in-home drug storage in Saudi Arabia

Key words: Home drug;storage;awareness;antibiotic;insulin



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