Availability and prescription of misoprostol for medical abortion in community pharmacies and associated factors in Accra, Ghana

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dc.contributor.author Ganle, J.K.
dc.contributor.author Busia, N.T.
dc.contributor.author Maya, E.
dc.date.accessioned 2019-06-04T09:05:10Z
dc.date.available 2019-06-04T09:05:10Z
dc.date.issued 2019-02
dc.identifier.other https://doi.org/10.1002/ijgo.12717
dc.identifier.uri http://ugspace.ug.edu.gh/handle/123456789/30481
dc.description.abstract Objective: To assess misoprostol availability at community pharmacies and determine factors affecting misoprostol prescription for medical abortion.Methods: A cross- sectional quantitative survey of randomly sampled communitypharmacies and their corresponding pharmacists/pharmacy workers was conducted in the city of Accra, Ghana. Structured questionnaires were administered to collect data between May 1 and July 28, 2016. Descriptive statistics (frequencies and proportions) and bivariate and logistic regression analysis were used to analyze the data.Results: Of the 165 community pharmacies surveyed, approximately half (83 [50.3%]) stocked misoprostol. Availability of misoprostol however decreased when moving from first class to third class residential areas. 44 (26.7%) of the respondents had pre-scribed the drug at some time for medical abortion, but 140 (84.6%) indicated they would not prescribe the drug for medical abortion in future. Factors that significantlypredicted misoprostol prescription for medical abortion included sex of the pharma-cist/pharmacy worker, demand, and availability of misoprostol.Conclusions: Demand for misoprostol for medical abortion was found to be high but only half of community pharmacies stocked it, and most pharmacy workers did not wish to prescribe the drug. If community pharmacies are to effectively contribute to expanding access to safe abortion services in Ghana, the disparity between misopros-tol provision and demand needs to be addressed. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher International Journal of Gynecology and Obstetrics en_US
dc.subject Availability en_US
dc.subject Community pharmacies en_US
dc.subject Ghana en_US
dc.subject Medical abortion en_US
dc.subject Misoprostol en_US
dc.subject Prescription en_US
dc.title Availability and prescription of misoprostol for medical abortion in community pharmacies and associated factors in Accra, Ghana en_US
dc.type Article en_US


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