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Compliance with new drugs in glaucoma therapy in Benin-city, Nigeria / Cumplimiento con los nuevos medicamentos antiglaucoma en Benin City - (Nigeria)

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Author(s): Omoti AE | Ukponmwan CU

Journal: Seguimiento Farmacoterapéutico
ISSN 1696-1137

Volume: 3;
Issue: 3;
Start page: 135;
Date: 2005;
Original page

Keywords: Compliance | Medical therapy | Glaucoma | Benin | Nigeria.

ABSTRACT
Objective: To determine the compliance rate, reasons for default and factors affecting compliance with new drugs in glaucoma therapy. Method: Fifty-six new patients on medical therapy with the recent drugs for primary open-angle glaucoma were followed-up for a minimum duration of 3 months and a maximum of 9 months. The number of drug doses missed per week as well as the reasons for default were recorded. Compliant and non-compliant patients were also compared in terms of prescribed treatment and personal characteristics. Results: The most commonly prescribed drugs were topical dorzolamide, brinzolamide, latanoprost, apraclonidine and travoprost. The non-compliance rate was 66.1%. Major reasons for defaulting were side effects (36.6%), scarcity of drugs (22%) and high cost of drugs (12.2%). Knowledge of glaucoma was significantly associated with good compliance (p

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