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Table 4 Statements pharmacists identified as information they provide to patients about their prescription/medications (n = 350)a

From: Counselling practices in community pharmacies in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia: a cross-sectional study

  Always (%) Usually (%) Often (%) Sometimes (%) Never (%)
The purpose of medication or diagnosis 126(36.0) 97(27.7) 64(18.3) 53(15.1) 4(1.1)
Dosing of the drugs 249(71.1) 72(20.5) 22(6.2) 4(1.1) 0(0)
Information on how to use the medication and its application 221(63.1) 81(23.1) 26(7.4) 8(2.3) 1(0.28)
Medication to be taken with food or on an empty stomach 213(60.8) 85(24.3) 25(7.1) 15(4.3) 3(0.85)
Duration of use 164(46.8) 73(20.8) 65(18.5) 31(8.8) 4(1.1)
Possible side effects 26(7.4) 33(9.4) 53(15.1) 76(21.7) 13(3.7)
Drug interactions 47(13.4) 56(21.1) 74(21.1) 139(39.7) 31(8.8)
Food interactions 55(15.7) 79(22.5) 81(23.1) 105(30.0) 23(6.5)
Importance of compliance 69(19.7) 68(22.5) 95(27.1) 84(24.0) 18(5.1)
Storage conditions 91(26.6) 79(22.5) 70(21.0) 78(22.2) 23(6.5)
Availability of generic medication 57(16.2) 84(24.0) 86(25.6) 93(27.6) 29(8.2)
  1. aThe total number does not always add up to 350 because of missing data