OBJECTIVES: To assess antibiotic dispensing knowledge and practice among dispensing staff who may or may not have a formal pharmacy qualification working in pharmacies near teaching hospitals in Kathmandu Valley, Nepal.
METHODS: A face-to-face cross-sectional study was conducted among 220 dispensing staff. The data were analysed using SPSS 20 to measure descriptive statistics and logistic regressions.
KEY FINDINGS: Among 220 participants, half of them (50.0%) had inadequate knowledge and slightly less than half of the participants (46.4%) had poor antibiotics dispensing practices.
CONCLUSIONS: The government authority should develop and implement a plan for continuous professional education programmes and frequent monitoring of pharmacies to address inadequate antibiotic dispensing knowledge and poor practice.