A study on prescribing pattern and medication adherence in elderly COPD and bronchial asthma patients in a tertiary care teaching hospital


  • Anbu D. Department of Pharmacy, Annamalai University, Chidambaram, Tamil Nadu, India http://orcid.org/0000-0003-1159-4396
  • Benimana Grace Department of Pharmacy, Annamalai University, Chidambaram, Tamil Nadu, India
  • Manna P. K. Department of Pharmacy, Chidambaram, Tamil Nadu, India
  • Babu Raj K. Department of Medicine, Annamalai University, Chidambaram, Tamil Nadu, India




COPD, Bronchial asthma, Gold criteria, Medication adherence


Background: Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and bronchial asthma are common among elderly people and have become a major public health concern of today. The purpose of this study is to identify the prescription pattern and role of medication adherence in the COPD and bronchial asthma. Prescription pattern monitoring (PPMS) are mainly focus on prescribing, dispensing, administering of drugs they promote appropriate use of monitored drugs and reduction of abuse/misuse.

Methods: A hospital based prospective observational study was conducted at department of medicine in Rajah Muthiah Medical College and Hospital. A total of 90 patients were enrolled based on inclusion and exclusion criteria and the data was collected using designed data collection form.

Results: Out of 90 patients, male (81.10%) and female (18.90%) are reported with COPD and bronchial asthma. On prevalence 57 (63.34%) of patients with co-morbidities and without co-morbidities 33 (36.66%). Among co-morbidity patients, 38.90% of patients has type-2 diabetes mellitus. PPA indicate that cephalosporins (46.68%), macrolides (38.88%) class of antibiotic are used prominently along with corticosteroids of hydrocortisone 47 (62.66%) and prednisolone 28 (37.34%). 47 (62.66%) patients received expectorants and anti-tussive in that, Ipratropium bromide + levosalbutamol (50%) are commonly prescribed.

Conclusions: This study concludes that COPD and bronchial asthma was most predominant in elderly patients and its treated with mainly antibiotics and corticosteroids with bronchodilators in the way of inhalers and nebulizers. The rational use of drugs and patient counselling reflects a better medication adherence.


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How to Cite

D., A., Grace, B., K., M. P., & K., B. R. (2021). A study on prescribing pattern and medication adherence in elderly COPD and bronchial asthma patients in a tertiary care teaching hospital. International Journal of Basic & Clinical Pharmacology, 10(12), 1385–1390. https://doi.org/10.18203/2319-2003.ijbcp20214504



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