International Journal of Innovative Healthcare Research 3 (2):4-11, April-June 2015 (ISSN: 2354-2950)


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EVALUATION OF PUBLIC PERCEPTION TOWARDS MEDICINE QUALITY AND PRICES IN SIX ZONES OF AFGHANISTAN



Mohammad Bashaar*, Prof. Mohamed Azmi Hassali2, Dr. Fahad Saleem2, Dr. Asrul Akmal Shafie2,
*Discipline of Social and Administrative Pharmacy, School of Pharmaceutical Sciences, University Sains Malaysia, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia
2Discipline of Social and Administrative Pharmacy, School of Pharmaceutical Sciences, University Sains Malaysia, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia
2Discipline of Social and Administrative Pharmacy, School of Pharmaceutical Sciences, University Sains Malaysia, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia
2Discipline of Social and Administrative Pharmacy, School of Pharmaceutical Sciences, University Sains Malaysia, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia

*Corresponding Authorís Details
Mohammad Bashaar
Discipline of Social and Administrative Pharmacy,
School of Pharmaceutical Sciences,
University Sains Malaysia,
Pulau Pinang, Malaysia
E-mail: mbashaar@gmail.com
Cell Phone: +60164608414

ABSTRACT
This article is aimed at evaluating the Public Perception towards Medicine Quality and Prices in Afghanistan. A cross-sectional descriptive study involving (n = 12, 82) was conducted in six zones of Afghanistan with the response rate of 100%. During the analysis, it was found that high proportions 61.4% of Afghan doctors are prescribing quality medicines. The survey results have shown that nine out of ten (96.3%) respondents suggested that Afghan government should adopt health policies to control the medicine prices and expenditure. A similar high proportion agreed that higher medicine costs negatively affects patient outcomes (89.6%). It is strongly recommended by the respondents (93.1%) that prescription drug prices need to be regulated by the government. During the survey, it was strongly (94%) emphasized that all medicine prices need to be disclosed on the dispensed medicine label. As a conclusion, the government should take firm steps to control the quality and disparate medicine prices in the country. Unified medicine pricing policy is sought and the entry ports to be equipped with quality control staff, labs and warehouses. The medicine importing and dispensing bodies should be monitored against the performance metrics adopted.
Keywords: Medicines Quality, Pricing, Affordability, Medicine Regulation, Substandard Medicines, Afghanistan