OPINION AND EXPECTATION OF PHARMACISTS ON PROVIDING EXTEMPORANEOUS COMPOUNDING IN JOGJAKARTA AND CENTRAL JAVA PROVINCES, INDONESIA
Objective: This study was conducted to identify opinion and expectations of pharmacists on providing extemporaneous drug compounding to support pharmacy service.
Methods: The study was conducted in Indonesia. Twenty pharmacists, age 40 and above, working in Yogyakarta and Central Java provinces, participated in two focus group discussions (fgd) on extemporaneous drug compounding. Data was collected in June 2016. The data obtained from these groups was subjected to a qualitative analysis to identify recurrent themes pertaining to provision and regulation aspects of compounding.
Results: The findings indicated several characteristics of extemporaneous compounding opinion and expectation. These were broadly classified as 5 distinct themes. Evaluation of extemporaneous compounding products was the most prominent theme that was discussed in all of the focus groups. Other themes identified were the scope of compounding practice; materials, equipments and facilities; specialist compounding pharmacy; and prices. The results of this study may offer an excellent guided to designing effective interventions, which would provide regulatory recommendations for compounding pharmacy.
Conclusion: This study provided insight into the way that the pharmacists look at the extemporaneous compounding. It is recommended that the issues raised in this study be considered in future regulation of compounding pharmacy in Indonesia.
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