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Table 2 Access to and rational use of medicines

From: Access to and use of medicines in the Annapurna region of Western Nepal and possible impacting factors

Parameters Results
Physical availability (N = 19 tracer medicines) 93%
Presence of expired medicines 0%
Stock-out of medicines (in last 6 months to 1 year period) 1.04 days
People living at a distance of less than one hour from the health facility 67%
Waiting time for health services users in health facility
Less than 30 min 100%
More than 30 min 0%
Affordability (basic medicines were available for free)
 Number of days of work missed due to illness 2 days
 Loss of pay due to illness USD 5.42
 Satisfaction with the recent health post visit Yes No
54% 46%
 Satisfaction with the medicines 21% 79%
 Average number of medicines per prescription 1.55
 Percentage of medicines adequately labelled 9%
 Percentage of prescription with antibiotics 39%
 Percentage of health service users who knew how to use medicines dispensed to them 96%