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Title: Compilation of a herbal medicine formulary for herbal substances in Malta and its usefulness amongst healthcare professionals
Authors: Spiteri, Maria
Attard, Everaldo
Serracino-Inglott, Anthony
Azzopardi, Lilian M.
Keywords: Medicinal plants -- Malta
Herbal medicine -- Malta
Herbs -- Therapeutic use -- Malta
Medical care -- Malta
Pharmacology -- Malta
Issue Date: 2013
Publisher: Reed Elsevier India Pvt. Ltd.
Citation: Spiteri, M., Attard, E., Serracino-Inglott, A., & Azzopardi, L. M. (2013). Compilation of a herbal medicine formulary for herbal substances in Malta and its usefulness amongst healthcare professionals. Journal of Young Pharmacists, 5(1), 22-25.
Abstract: Context: Today, the use of herbal medicine for primary healthcare has increased considerably. Since local pharmacists graduate with little knowledge on herbal medicine, the majority are ill-equipped to provide pharmaceutical advice. Aims: To develop and evaluate a herbal medicine formulary to aid healthcare professionals (HCPs) in the prescribing, dispensing and counselling responsibilities. Settings and Design: Community pharmacies. Methods and Material: Monographs on all herbal substances available locally were compiled into a formulary. The formulary was then distributed to all, 216, local pharmacies. Subsequently, a questionnaire was distributed to 55 pharmacists and 10 general practitioners (GPs). Statistical analysis used: Descriptive statistical analysis. Results: A total of 177 herbal monographs have been compiled and 612 herbal products listed. Thirty HCPs participated in the questionnaire. The formulary was found to be useful by all participants with 19 claiming to use it frequently and 7 quite frequently. Participants (n ¼ 30) agree that the information contained within the formulary was found to be useful (26), the formulary helped them learn which HMPs are present in the local market (29), the formulary is user friendly (27), information included is upto-date and well referenced (29) and that there is the need for a formulary of this kind in Malta (28). Conclusions: The formulary was found to be a useful tool for HCPs leading to high quality, evidence-based prescribing together with enhanced monitoring and improved patient care.
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