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Table 3 Antibiotic sale without a prescription based on reported clinical case

From: Community pharmacy staff’s response to symptoms of common infections: a pseudo-patient study

All cases Pseudo-patient case presented, frequency (%)
Overall
n = 242
Sore throat
n = 60
Common cold
n = 60
Diarrhoea
n = 60
UTI
n = 62
1st level of request (Can I get some medicine to alleviate the symptoms) 39 (16) 11 (18) 1 (2) 9 (15) 18 (29)
2nd level of request (Can I get something stronger) 33 (14) 7 (12) 6 (10) 11 (18) 9 (15)
3rd level of request (I would like an antibiotic) 27 (11) 8 (13) 2 (3) 10 (17) 7 (11)
Antibiotic dispensed (all degree) 99 (41) 26 (43) 9 (15) 30 (50) 34 (55)
Antibiotic not dispensed 143 (59) 34 (57) 51 (85) 30 (50) 28 (45)
Antibiotics dispensed cases n = 99 n = 26 n = 9 n = 29 n = 34
Ciprofloxacin 29 (30) 1 (4) Nil 2 (7) 26 (76)
Metronidazole 23 (23) Nil Nil 23 (79) Nil
Erythromycin 19 (20) 17 (65) Nil 2 (7) Nil
Amoxicillin 9 (9) 1 (4) 8 (89) Nil Nil
Azithromycin 8 (8) 7 (27) Nil 1 (3) Nil
Norfloxacin 5 (5) Nil Nil Nil 5 (15)
Other antibiotics 7 (4) Nil 1 (11) 1 (3) 3 (9)