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Drug Utilization Studies- Scope and Future Perspectives

Author(s): P D Sachdeva | B G Patel

Journal: International Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biological Research
ISSN 0976-285X

Volume: 1;
Issue: 1;
Start page: 11;
Date: 2010;
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Keywords: Drug utilization | Pharmacoepidemiology | Pharmacoeconomics | Data collection | DU study cycle

In recent years studies on drug utilization have become a potential tool to be used in the evaluation of health systems. Studies on the process of drug utilization focus on factors related to prescribing, dispensing, administering and taking of medication, and its associated events. Drug utilization data are available from atabases- computerized or otherwise. From these databases different types of information, qualitative or quantitative or referring to aparticular population are available. Patient files and computer registries are widely used as instruments for collecting information on drug utilization. Prospective, Concurrent or Retrospective Drug Utilization studies may be used depending upon the timing of data collection. Importance of drug utilization studies in harmacoepidemiology has been increasing due to their close ssociation to other areas like- public health, pharmacovigilance,pharmacoeconomics and pharmacogenetics. This review article ighlights various aspects, scope, types and future perspectives of DU studies.
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