Academic Journals Database
Disseminating quality controlled scientific knowledge

Drug utilization and prescription monitoring of asthma patients

Author(s): Kumar S | Kala M | Mohamed Saleem T | Gauthaman K

Journal: Journal of Young Pharmacists
ISSN 0975-1483

Volume: 1;
Issue: 2;
Start page: 180;
Date: 2009;
Original page

Keywords: Asthma | drug utilization study | prescription monitoring

The present study was conducted to establish prescription trends of anti-asthmatic drugs at the Central Referral Hospital, Tadong and Gangtok, Sikkim. The study was conducted using WHO-based prescription-auditing performa. Data were recorded from the patients attending the hospital outpatient department (OPD) through a chance, random sampling method. Methylxanthine (40%) was the most frequently prescribed drug among anti-asthmatics, followed by รข2-agonists (27%), corticosteroids (23%), and mucolytics (09%). which were the least prescribed. Our study further found that combination therapy (80%) was given to a significant number of patients as compared to monotherapy (20%). In combination therapy, the two-drug combination was the most often prescribed (57.69%). Further, anti-asthmatic drugs were mostly given (68.18%) by the oral route, followed by the inhalation route (27.27%) and injection route (4.55%). The asthmatic problem was more prevalent in grade III employees that includes drivers and laborers. It has been concluded that a study may be more meaningful to further improve the prescribing as well as dispensing practices of the pharmacist through successful implementation of interventional programs in health centers.
Why do you need a reservation system?      Affiliate Program