Paola Petkova1, Evgeni Grigorov2
1PhD, National Center of Public Health and Analyses
2Department of Organization and economics of Pharmacy, Faculty of Pharmacy, Medical University - Varna


Introduction: The patient information leaflet (PIL) is a major technical document included in every medicine package with the main purpose to offer written information for patients about their medication. They are provided following a standard template consisting of the same types of information for every medication. The pharmacist is responsible for ensuring that medicines prescribed to patients are suitable and advising patients about medicines, including how to take them, what reactions may occur and answering patients' questions. Aim: To analyze some specific data presented in PIL of all anatomical/pharmacological groups from 1st level of ATC classification and to determine which type of medical specialist is mentioned in it as a provider of advice and care if need. Materials and methods: The study contains a comparative analysis of extracted and summarized information from PIL of 2500 drugs from all ATC anatomical groups, which are available on the Bulgarian market. The following criterion is included in our research - "consult if you need with…". Results: Almost 63,4% were reported to consult if you need more information with doctor or pharmacist,19,4% to consult with a pharmacist,7,7% to consult with doctor, pharmacist or nurse and only 3,3% to consult with a doctor. In summary, the pharmacist is present as a medical specialist for consultation in 90% of the PILs. Conclusion: Considering the results, obtained, it can be said that the pharmacist is the most accessible medical specialist, according to the PILs. And in this regard, the pharmacist is the most frequent medical selected to consult patients on the proper administration of medicines.
Keywords: Pharmacist, patient leaflet, consultation