Indian Journal of Public Health


Year
: 1993  |  Volume : 37  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 16--22

Drug consumption pattern in low socio-economic group in an urban community.


J Mitra, JB Saha, RN Chaudhuri 
 Dept. of Community Medicine, National Medical College, Calcutta

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J Mitra
Dept. of Community Medicine, National Medical College, Calcutta

117 families, having a total population of 558 were studied regarding drug consumption pattern. It was found that the average no. of episodes per person was 0.99 of which drugs were consumed for 72% of episodes. Significant difference was observed in consumption of drugs between males and females. Allopathic medicines were consumed for 93.3% of the episodes and the major source (53.8%) of medical care was from private practitioners. It was seen that the number of drugs consumed per episode of sickness rose as the per capita income increased. Vitamins and Minerals (22.3%) were the main group of drugs consumed. Drugs acting on the alimentary system (17.5%), Respiratory System (14.7%), Antimicrobials (14.6%) and Analgesics (10.8%) contributed to 80% of drug intake.


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Mitra J, Saha J B, Chaudhuri R N. Drug consumption pattern in low socio-economic group in an urban community. Indian J Public Health 1993;37:16-22


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Mitra J, Saha J B, Chaudhuri R N. Drug consumption pattern in low socio-economic group in an urban community. Indian J Public Health [serial online] 1993 [cited 2020 Apr 9 ];37:16-22
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