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Table 1 Demographics and knowledge about procuring medicines

From: Disposal practices of unused and expired pharmaceuticals among general public in Kabul

Variables and categories Number of responses (%)
Gender
 Men 221 73.4%
 Women 80 26.6%
Age
 18-24 103 34.2%
 25-31 94 31.2%
 32 – above 104 34.6%
Marital Status
 Single 160 53.2%
 Married 141 46.8%
Level of Education
 Illiterate 22 7.3%
 Primary 45 15%
 Secondary 71 23.6%
 University 163 54.2%
Ways of Procuring Medicines
 Purchased on prescription 251 83.4%
 Purchased over the counter 44 14.6%
 Received from friend/ colleague 3 1%
 Purchase based upon the advice of a relative or friend 3 1%
Classes of medicine used
 NSAIDs 61 20.3%
 Antibiotic 140 46.5%
 Anti-hypertensive 42 14%
 Anti-diabetic 23 7.6%
 Other 35 11.6%
Do you check expiry date of the medicines before procuring
 Yes 292 97%
 No 5 1.7%
 Don’t know 4 1.3%