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Table 3 Practices of the retail pharmacy staff related to identification and referral of the presumptive tuberculosis (TB) patients and sale of anti-TB drugs in the DI Khan city, Pakistan

From: A survey of knowledge, attitude, and practices of private retail pharmacies staff in tuberculosis care: study from Dera Ismail Khan City, Pakistan

  Number (%)
Total participants 82 (100)
Suspected TB patients per week
 0 28 (34)
 1–2 47 (57)
 3–5 7 (9)
Referral of suspected TB patients
 Nearby laboratory 22 (27)
 Nearby GP 19 (23)
 Chest physician 65 (79)
 TB DOTS centre 0 (0)
No referral  
 Dispense broad spectrum antibiotics 11 (13)
 Dispense cough syrup 28 (34)
 Dispense anti-TB drugs 1 (1)
TB patients with a doctor’s prescription 82 (100)
Prescriped duration of anti-TB drugs
 6 months 62 (76)
 9 months 16 (19)
 Do not know 4 (5)
Number of prescribed anti-TB drugs
 2 medicines 25 (30)
 3 medicines 39 (48)
 4 medicines 18 (22)
Vitamin B6 supplement in prescription 73 (89)
Frequently sold TB medicines
 4-FDC-RHZE combination 82 (100)
 3-FDC-RHE combination 7 (8)
 2-FDC-RH combination 79 (96)
 Isoniazid 1 (1)
 Pyrazinamide 0 (0)
 Ethambutol 0 (0)
 Streptomycin 28 (34)
 Kanamycin 4 (5)
Patients buy anti-TB medicines
 1 month 7 (8)
 2 months 11 (13)
 3 months 22 (27)
 4 months 3 (4)
 6 months 35 (43)
 9 months 4 (5)