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Patient safety issues and concerns in Bhutan’s healthcare system: a qualitative exploratory descriptive study
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    • Pushpendra Magon9, pediatric professor Punjab institute of medical sciences,Jalandhar,India

    Dear Editor,

    I am writing to draw attention to a commonly overlooked issue that affects the efficacy of antibiotics in tropical countries. It has been observed that many parents fail to store reconstituted antibiotics, such as amoxicillin, in the refrigerator, which can significantly reduce their potency and render them ineffective.

    As we know, antibiotics are essential for treating bacterial infections, and their effectiveness is crucial for ensuring good health outcomes. However, in tropical countries where high temperatures and humidity are prevalent, it is especially important to handle these drugs with care to ensure that they retain their potency.

    The problem arises when parents fail to store reconstituted antibiotics in the refrigerator, which is necessary to maintain their efficacy. In many cases, this may be due to a lack of awareness about the importance of refrigeration for these drugs. Hence, there is a need for pharmacists and healthcare professionals to provide clear instructions to parents at the time of dispensing the powder form of these drugs.

    To address this issue, I suggest that pharmacists and healthcare professionals should educate parents about the need to store reconstituted antibiotics in the refrigerator. This information should be given at the time of dispensing the drug to ensure that parents understand the importance of following the guidelines for optimal efficacy.

    In conclusion, it is crucial to raise awaren...

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