DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.18203/2319-2003.ijbcp20181425

Drug utilization study in outpatient ophthalmology department of government medical college, Nellore, India

Naveen Choudary Gorantla, Lalitha Hanumanthu

Abstract


Background: Drug utilization studies are an important part of rational use of drugs. This study was planned to assess drug utilization pattern in Ophthalmology outpatient department.

Methods: After approval from Ethics Committee, 620 prescriptions were analyzed according to WHO drug indicators.

Results: 2. 4 drugs were prescribed on an average per prescription. Antibiotics (49%) were the most commonly used drugs. Fluoroquinolones (54%) were frequently used. Topical route was preferred route of drug administration. Prescription of generic drugs was not optimal (13%). Duration of therapy was missing in many prescriptions.

Conclusions: Generic prescribing can be improved. Duration of therapy should be mentioned in all prescriptions.


Keywords


Drug utilization, Generics, Ophthalmology, Outpatients, Prescriptions

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