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Table 2 Adequacy of packaging and labelling of western medicines issued by public and private facilities and by district

From: Assessing medication packaging and labelling appropriateness in Sri Lanka

  Surveyed districts in Sri Lanka (n, %)
Ampara Colombo Kandy Monaragala Polonnaruwa Rathnapura Total
Medicines obtained from Public facilities
 Total medicines 453 284 336 439 478 425 2415
 Adequate Label 106 (23.4) 118 (41.5) 68 (20.2) 100 (22.8) 152 (31.8) 117 (27.5) 661 (27.4)
 Adequate Packaging 320 (70.6) 213 (75.0) 234 (69.6) 322 (73.3) 359 (75.4) 325 (76.5) 1773 (73.5)
 Both Adequate 106 (23.4) 109 (38.4) 64 (19.0) 97 (22.1) 134 (28.0) 115 (27.1) 625 (25.9)
Medicines obtained from Private facilities
 Total medicines 232 687 549 473 287 590 2818
 Adequate Label 128 (55.2) 440 (64.0) 288 (52.5) 229 (48.4) 138 (41.8) 247 (41.9) 1470 (52.5)
 Adequate Packaging 217 (93.5) 655 (95.3) 492 (89.6) 412 (87.1) 251 (87.5) 444 (75.3) 2471 (87.7)
 Both Adequate 127 (54.7) 438 (63.8) 266 (48.5) 219 (46.3) 127 (44.3) 234 (39.7) 1411 (50.1)
  1. Public = public hospital, health centre or dispensary; Private = private health care provider or pharmacy