IPSIndian Journal of Pharmacology
Home  IPS  Feedback Subscribe Top cited articles Login 
Users Online : 4371 
Small font sizeDefault font sizeIncrease font size
Navigate Here
 »   Next article
 »   Previous article
 »   Table of Contents

Resource Links
 »   Similar in PUBMED
 »  Search Pubmed for
 »  Search in Google Scholar for
 »Related articles
 »   Citation Manager
 »   Access Statistics
 »   Reader Comments
 »   Email Alert *
 »   Add to My List *
 * Requires registration (Free)

 Article Access Statistics
    PDF Downloaded1085    
    Comments [Add]    
    Cited by others 6    

Recommend this journal


Year : 1994  |  Volume : 26  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 23-28

Prescription audit in an Indian hospital setting using the DDD (Defined Daily Dose) concept

Correspondence Address:
M V Srishyla

Login to access the Email id

Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

Rights and PermissionsRights and Permissions

A prescription audit was undertaken in an Indian hospital setting to evaluate the feasibility of data acquisition methods and to determine the frequency of prescribing of four commonly used groups of drugs, viz., cardiovascular drugs (CVS drugs), nonsteroidal antiinflammatory drugs including analgesics and antipyretics (NSAIDs), drugs acting on central nervous system (CNS drugs) and drugs used in acid peptic disease (APD drugs). An attempt was made to relate prescription data to age and sex of the patients. Mean ( SD drugs per prescription was 2.17 (1.22. The frequency of prescribing of NSAIDs, CNS drugs, CVS drugs and APD drugs was24.52% (624/2545) 13.36% (340/2545), 0.25% (21012545) and7.51% (19112545) respec-tively. The prescribing frequency of NSAlDs was higher in females than in males (p= 0.03). Frequency of prescribing of CVS drugs increased with age for both sexes (P < 0.0001). In the 31-40 age group, prescribing frequency of CVS drugs was significantly higher in males than in females (p= 0.003) while it was vice versa with NSAlDs (p= 0.04). There was significant though irregular difference in the prescribing frequency of NSAlDs (p= 0.05) and of CNS drugs (p= 0.0003) in males of different age groups. In males, the prescribing frequency of APD drugs was significantly lower in the below-20 age groups as compared with the above-20 age groups (p= 0.02). This study illustrates the feasibility and usefulness of conducting prescription audit in an Indian hospital setting employing internationally accepted methods of monitoring drug utilization.


Print this article     Email this article

Site Map | Home | Contact Us | Feedback | Copyright and Disclaimer | Privacy Notice
Online since 20th July '04
Published by Wolters Kluwer - Medknow