World Health Organization (WHO) reported that traditional products continue to be widely used in most countries. The aim of this study is to evaluate the pharmacists' attitudes and practices toward herbal products' uses.
This study was a cross-sectional descriptive study conducted in Istanbul (Turkey). Sociodemographic characteristics of the participants were recorded and a self-structured questionnaire was applied face to face. A total of 50 pharmacists were included in the study. The mean age was 34.6 years and 39% of them have been in service for less than 20 years. Ninety percent of the pharmacists stated that they sell herbal products and believe that the herbal products were not completely harmless. More than half of the pharmacists (68%) stated that they were not questioning the herbal product use while taking the anamnesis from patients, while 54% of the pharmacists were mentioning about the side effects of the herbal products.
According to the results, a majority of pharmacists sell herbal products and counsel about herbal products. Since pharmacists are easily accessible health consultants, they interact with patients through patient education and drug counseling and will contribute to the rational use of these products.