What is it about?

This study assessed medical abortion drug dispensing practices of pharmacy workers in Nepal where over the counter sale of these drugs is prohibited. A total of 532 mystery client visits were conducted in pharmacies across six provinces of Nepal. We found that pharmacy workers dispensed drug in one of three visits and provided correct information about the timing, dose, and route of administration of drug in seven of 10 visits .

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Why is it important?

Out findings show that providing correct supplementary information through pharmacy workers can be an effective strategy to expand access to quality safe abortion services in a legally restrictive setting.


This was a study implemented by Population Services International (PSI) Nepal Office under the Women's Health Project. I am sure this article would add efforts to improving access to safe abortion services in Nepal.

Pratik Khanal
Population Services International

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This page is a summary of: Medical abortion drug dispensing practices among private pharmacy workers in Nepal: A mystery client study, PLoS ONE, November 2022, PLOS,
DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0278132.
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