Off-label medicine use in children, a study of community pharmacists in Jordan

Tareq L. Mukattash, Shada Alkhaldi, Qais Alefan, Anan S. Jarab, Rana K. Abu Farha, Ahmad Al-Azayzih

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Objectives: The aim of this study was to explore self-reported experiences of community pharmacists towards off-label prescribing. Methods: A questionnaire survey was handed directly to pharmacists working in a group of randomly chosen community pharmacies in Jordan. Complete questionnaires were collected 1 week after the questionnaires were distributed. Key findings: Only a minority of respondents (15%) admitted to being familiar with the concept of off-label prescribing. When asked how they became familiar, 56% reported they had gained their knowledge through dispensing experience rather than undergraduate (14.7%) or postgraduate education (29.3%). The majority of respondents had concerns regarding the efficacy (98%) and safety (95%) of off-label medicines used in children. Conclusions: The majority of respondents were not familiar with the concept of off-label medicines. While reporting to have gained their knowledge from their professional experience, only a minority of respondents reported knowingly dispensing off-label medicines for children.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)407-411
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Pharmaceutical Health Services Research
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2018
Externally publishedYes


  • children
  • community pharmacy
  • dispensing
  • jordan
  • off-label medicines
  • paediatrics
  • prescribing

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Economics, Econometrics and Finance (miscellaneous)
  • Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmaceutics (miscellaneous)


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