Indian Journal of Public Health

BRIEF RESEARCH ARTICLE
Year
: 2018  |  Volume : 62  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 156--158

Assessment of drug prescribing pattern using world health organization indicators in a tertiary care teaching hospital


Sartaj Hussain1, Suraj Singh Yadav2, Kamal Kumar Sawlani3, Sanjay Khattri4 
1 Junior Resident, Department of Pharmacology and Therapeutics, King George's Medical University, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, India
2 Senoir Resident, Department of Pharmacology and Therapeutics, King George's Medical University, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, India
3 Associate Professor, Department of Medicine, King George's Medical University, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, India
4 Professor, Department of Pharmacology and Therapeutics, King George's Medical University, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, India

Correspondence Address:
Sanjay Khattri
Department of Pharmacology and Therapeutics, King George's Medical University, Lucknow - 226 003, Uttar Pradesh
India

This cross-sectional study was carried out to assess drug prescribing pattern at a tertiary care teaching medical institute. One thousand prescriptions were randomly collected and analyzed using the world health organization prescribing indicators. The average number of drugs per prescription was 2.91. The percentage of drugs prescribed by generic name, from the essential drug list (National) and as fixed dose combinations (FDCs) was 10.05%, 22.57%, and 49.22%, respectively. The total percentage of encounters with antibiotics, injectables, and FDCs was 19.70%, 2.20%, and 73.60%, respectively. The most common group of drug prescribed was gastrointestinal tract drugs (26.38%) followed by Vitamins and Minerals (23.12%), cardiovascular system drugs (11.56%) and antimicrobials (9.63%). The prescribing practices were not appropriate as they consist of polypharmacy, lesser prescription by generic name, and overprescription of FDCs. There is a need for improvement in the standards of prescribing patterns in many aspects.


How to cite this article:
Hussain S, Yadav SS, Sawlani KK, Khattri S. Assessment of drug prescribing pattern using world health organization indicators in a tertiary care teaching hospital.Indian J Public Health 2018;62:156-158


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Hussain S, Yadav SS, Sawlani KK, Khattri S. Assessment of drug prescribing pattern using world health organization indicators in a tertiary care teaching hospital. Indian J Public Health [serial online] 2018 [cited 2021 Nov 27 ];62:156-158
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