According to WHO (2001) more than 50% of
all medicines are prescribed, dispensed inappropriately
and 50% of the patients fail to take medicines correctly.
Inappropriate use of antibiotics during prescribing could
be due to lack of skills and guidelines on optimal
diagnostic approaches (Costelloe et al; 2010).
Uncontrolled use of antibiotics leads to overuse,
inappropriate self medication and poor adherence to
dosing regimens (Kar et al; 2010). The objective of the
study was to evaluate the use of dispensed antibiotic
prescriptions among the patients and pharmacist. The
purposive non random sampling was used to recruit both
the patients presenting at the pharmacies and pharmacies
working in the community pharmacies. Then simple
random sampling was used to recruit the subjects willing
to participate by taking consent. The subjects were
interviewed during dispensing of antibiotics and post
dispensing time (10 days). All collected data was cleaned
before entered into SPSS version 21 software for analysis.
The analyzed data was interpreted using tables, pie charts
and graphs. Results found out that 68.4% of the
dispensed antibiotic prescriptions at the community
pharmacies were from the nearby clinics and hospitals.