Eur J Hosp Pharm 20:122-124 doi:10.1136/ejhpharm-2012-000137
  • Research
  • Short report

Palatability of oral paediatric antibiotics commonly prescribed in a Nigerian specialist hospital

  1. Nicholas Ezeugwu1,2
  1. 1Department of Clinical Pharmacy and Pharmacy Management, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Enugu State, Nigeria
  2. 2Chidubem Specialist Hospitals, Nsukka, Enugu, Nigeria
  1. Correspondence to Ubaka Michael Chukwuemeka, Department of Clinical Pharmacy and Pharmacy Management, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Engugu 4100001, Nigeria; pharmubk{at}
  • Received 26 April 2012
  • Revised 20 July 2012
  • Accepted 30 July 2012
  • Published Online First 22 August 2012


Objective Palatability of ampicillin–cloxacillin, amoxicillin–clavulanate, cefixime and cefuroxime axetil was assessed at the outpatient paediatric clinic of a Nigerian specialist hospital.

Methods Healthy children (n = 24; mean age 8.37 ± 2.33 years) and care givers (n = 31; mean age 35.22 ± 10.1 years) were included. Each consenting volunteer rated the ‘blinded’ taste of each antibiotic liquid preparation on a 10-point visual analogue scale (VAS) with various facial hedonic expressions. Independent observers also rated each cohort's taste perception of each drug. Best and worst tasting drugs were also assessed.

Results Cefixime and ampicillin–cloxacillin scored the highest (mean scores 7.83 ± 3.06 and 7.93 ± 2.03) and lowest (mean scores 4.83 ± 3.11 and 2.58 ± 1.28) points on the VAS scale for children and adults, respectively. Nearly all (93.5%) adults chose ampicillin–cloxacillin as the worst tasting (p < 0.01). However, observer rating of ampicillin–cloxacillin differed significantly between children and adults (3.94 vs 2.34, p < 0.001).

Conclusions Cefixime was the best-tasting drug among children and adults.

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