Prescribing pattern of antidiabetic drugs in tertiary care hospital


  • Pothuru Anil Kumar Department of Pharmacology, Viswabharathi Medical College, Kurnool, Andhra Pradesh, India
  • RajKeelu Raj Kumar Department of Pharmacology, Shanthiram Medical College, Kurnool, Andhra Pradesh, India



Anti-diabetic drugs, Glycemic control, Insulin, Oral hypoglycemic agents, Prescribing pattern


Background: The aim of the current study was to investigate the prescribing pattern of anti-diabetic drugs in diabetic patients attending tertiary care teaching hospital in Kurnool.

Methods: A prospective, cross-sectional, observational survey was carried out in 100 patients of diabetes mellitus attending diabetes outpatient/medicine outpatient departments, to assess their prescribing pattern of anti-diabetic drugs.

Results: Average number of anti-diabetic drugs per prescription was 1.4. Metformin (biguanide) was the commonest prescribed individual drug among oral hypoglycemic agents. Fixed dose combination of biguanide and sulfonylurea was prescribed commonly. Monotherapy dominated over polytherapy and there was a higher percentage of use of insulin in type 2 diabetics.

Conclusions: OHAs still dominate the prescribing pattern, but there was a shifting trend toward the use of insulin preparations in the management of type 2 diabetes mellitus. Intensification of current drug treatment as well as planning multiple drug interventions with lifestyle modification is necessary.

Author Biographies

Pothuru Anil Kumar, Department of Pharmacology, Viswabharathi Medical College, Kurnool, Andhra Pradesh, India

Pharmacology,Assistant professor..

RajKeelu Raj Kumar, Department of Pharmacology, Shanthiram Medical College, Kurnool, Andhra Pradesh, India

assistant profesor,pharmacology


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How to Cite

Kumar, P. A., & Kumar, R. R. (2021). Prescribing pattern of antidiabetic drugs in tertiary care hospital. International Journal of Basic & Clinical Pharmacology, 10(3), 251–254.



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