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International Journal of Recent Trends in Science and Technology, ISSN 2277-2812 E-ISSN: 2249-8109

Volume 16, Issue 1, Aug 2015 pp 133-135

Research Article

A study of prescribing pattern of anti-diabetic drugs using WHO prescribing indicators among general practitioners in a semi urban area

G Rajaram1, P Sugirda2, R Lenin3

1Professor, 2,3Assistant Professor, Department of Pharmacology, Government Viluppuram Medical College, Viluppuram-605601, Tamil Nadu, INDIA.

Objective: To analyse the prescribing pattern of anti-diabetic drugs among general practitioners in a semi urban area. Methods: A total number of five hundred prescriptions pertaining to diabetes mellitus were collected. Details such as name of drugs, dosage form and route of administration were noted. Demographic details such as name, age, gender were collected. All data collected as per proforma were analyzed manually using WHO prescribing indicators. Results: The average number of drugs per encounter was 4.8 (ideal 1.6-1.8). Percentage of drugs prescribed by generic name was 24% (ideal 100%). Percentage of drugs encounter with antibiotics was 29% (ideal 20-26.8%). Percentage of drugs encounter with injection 28% (ideal 13.4-24.1%). Percentage of drugs prescribed from EDL 75% (IDEAL100%). Conclusion: The study revealed use of polypharmacy among general practitioners. There was lack of knowledge of the use of generic name and drugs listed under EDL. There was appropriate use of antibiotics among the practitioners. This study will be help to reduce the cost, recognize and prevent dangerous drug-drug interaction and antibiotic resistance.