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SHORT COMMUNICATION
Year : 2007  |  Volume : 51  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 75-76

A study on drug use in a district hospital of West Bengal


1 Assistant Professor, Community Medicine, Burdwan Medical College, West Bengal, India
2 Professor, Department of Preventive and Social Medicine, AIIH & PH, Kolkata, India
3 Professor, Pharmacology,N R S Medical College, Kolkata, India

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A P Sarkar
Assistant Professor, Community Medicine, Burdwan Medical College, West Bengal
India
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A cross-sectional study at Howrah General Hospital, West Bengal for prescription analysis and assessment of drug dispensing in 341 patients revealed that the average number of drugs prescribed per encounter was 2.98΁ 1.69, 38.2% drugs were in generic name and majority were from essential drugs list. 18.6% and 5.2% encounters used antibiotics and injections respectively. Average consultation and dispensing time were short. Majority of drugs were dispensed but unlabeled. 46.8% patients knew correct dosage of drugs. Only 4.7% patients were treated without drugs. Average drug cost per encounter was Rs. 31.32+30.89 where antibiotics and injections shared 36.5% and 4.6% respectively.


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