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Year : 2010  |  Volume : 27  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 8-10

Prescription pattern in asthma therapy at Gorakhpur hospitals

Division of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Institute of Technology & Management, GIDA, Gorakhpur, U.P, India

Correspondence Address:
Awanish Pandey
Division of Pharmaceutical Sciences, I.T.M., GIDA, Gorakhpur
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/0970-2113.59261

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Objectives: This prescription-monitoring study was conducted to establish the drug-prescribing trend of anti-asthmatic drugs in various hospitals of Gorakhpur. Setting: The study covered three famous hospitals of Gorakhpur. Patients and Methods: Hundred patients were studied using a prescription auditing performa. Data was recorded from the patient's attending the out patient department using a chance random sample method for two months. Patients who co- operated were interviewed and information was filled in the performa. Results: The results suggested that b-agonist (40%) were the most frequently prescribed anti-asthmatic drugs followed by Methylxanthine (27%), corticosteroids (25%), leukotriene antagonist (4.4%) and anti-histaminics (3.6%) was the least prescribed. Analysis of prescription revealed that multiple drug therapy (81%) was opted for a significant number of patients as compared to single drug therapy (19%). Contrary to popular belief, oral dosage form tablets (56.3%) were preferred over inhalation (33.8%). Conclusion: It is concluded that the present prescribing pattern of anti-asthmatics in Gorakhpur does not completely meet standard guidelines of asthma treatment. Hence there is a need to encourage physicians of Gorakhpur to follow the guidelines while treating asthma.

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