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Table 3 The number of patients supplied with POMs for each indication and the percentage of deferred antibiotics

From: Evaluation of a new patient consultation initiative in community pharmacy for ear, nose and throat and eye conditions

Indication for POM supply POM supplied No. & % patients treated for that condition
Acute bacterial conjunctivitis Chloramphenicol eye drops 0.5% 29 (80%)
Chloramphenicol eye drops 0.5% (deferred) 1 (3%)
Fusidic acid eye drops 1% 6 (17%)
Fusidic acid eye drops 1% (deferred) 0
Acute otitis externa with suspected secondary infection Clioquinol and flumetasone ear drops 3 (100%)
Acute otitis media Amoxicillin 66 (84%)
Amoxicillin (deferred) 9 (11%)
Clarithromycin 4 (5%)
Clarithromycin (deferred) 0
Acute bacterial sinusitis Doxycycline 14 (88%)
Doxycycline (deferred) 0
Clarithromycin 2 (12%)
Clarithromycin (deferred) 0
Chronic sinusitis and seasonal affective rhinitis Beclometasone nasal spray 50mcg 3 (100%)
Sore throat Phenoxymethylpenicillin 93 (83%)
Phenoxymethylpenicillin (deferred) 5 (4%)
Clarithromycin 14 (13%)
Clarithromycin (deferred) 0