Understanding pharmacists’ perceptions is important because pharmacists play an important role in asthma management. Asthma treatment is divided into controller and reliever, and most asthma treatments are administered via the inhalation route. This study aimed to determine pharmacists’ perceptions of pharmaceutical services in asthma inhaled medication in pharmacies in Surabaya. This research is a mixed-method research with an explanatory sequential research design in pharmacies in the city of Surabaya, East Java, from September to November 2017. Sample collection used purposive sampling and was analyzed descriptively. The research sample was 53 pharmacists. Most of the respondents had a high level (41.5%) based on the total questionnaire on the role of pharmacists in pharmaceutical services in treatment with asthma relievers and controller inhalers, while only a few respondents had a very high level (5%). Pharmacists also feel their role in aspects of community pharmacy, such as their role in increasing asthma patient compliance and their role in improving asthma patient control. This can be seen in pharmacists who motivate patients to keep taking the medication so that this can improve asthma patient compliance in using asthma drugs.
Key words: asthma, inhaler, perception, pharmacist, pharmacy