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Table 3 Study participants perceptions about the role of pharmacists to deal with epidemics/pandemics generally and COVID-19 (n = 869)

From: Knowledge and perceptions of pharmacists’ readiness during coronavirus pandemic: the case of United Arab Emirates

Statements Strongly disagree, n (%) Disagree, n (%) Neutral, n (%) Agree, n (%) Strongly agree, n (%)
The pharmacist has a major role in the management of pandemics/epidemics 16 (2.6) 14 (2.2) 57 (9.1) 271 (43.4) 267 (42.7)
It is the pharmacist role to ensure the availability of relevant medicines/products 13 (2.1) 11 (1.8) 58 (9.3) 273 (43.6) 271 (43.3)
It is the pharmacist role to counsel people about coronavirus infection and how to reduce the transmission and the spread of disease 8 (1.3) 8 (1.3) 61 (9.8) 273 (43.7) 275 (44.0)
The pharmacist ensures his/her personal safety by wearing gloves and masks and avoid close contact with patients 6 (1.0) 3 (0.5) 31 (5.0) 187 (30.0) 369 (63.6)
If you suspect someone may have coronavirus, you know how to seek immediate medical attention 10 (1.6) 23 (3.7) 100 (16.0) 252 (40.3) 240 (38.4)
You provide Hydroxychloroquine to patients who need it even if they do not have a prescription 226 (36.2) 211 (33.8) 85 (13.6) 70 (11.2) 32 (5.1)
Pharmacies should be allowed to send medications to their patients home during the coronavirus pandemic when needed 14 (2.2) 21 (3.4) 60 (9.6) 284 (45.4) 246 (39.4)
You should be allowed to sell medications for coronavirus management via drive-through 49 (7.9) 79 (12.7) 135 (21.6) 219 (35.1) 142 (22.8)