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Drug use pattern in health care centers of District Bhakkar, Pakistan

By: Wahid Ali, Jalal Ud Din, Sheikh Abdur Rashid, Siffat Ullah Khan, Niamat Ullah, Muhammad Faisal Kamran, Aisha Kiran, Hira Bibi, Shah Faisal

Key Words: Drugs therapy, Medicine production, Combination of drugs, Overused.

Int. J. Biomol. & Biomed. 8(1), 10-15, December 2018.

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Abstract

According to WHO, Drug utilization research is defined as ‘the marketing, distribution, recommendation and utilize of drugs in a society, with particular focus on the resulting medical, social and economic results. In many developed countries, a number of studies about utilization of drug have been conducted, which indicates a wide proof of irrational drug use. The drug use indicators are considered as objective measures that can be extended to identify practices of medicines utilization in any health facility, country or an entire region. To check the drug utilize pattern in Primary Health Care (PHC) facilities of Bhakkar district Punjab Pakistan. Using WHO core drug use indicators, a prospective cross-sectional descriptive study was carried out in health facilities of Bhakkar district. A total of 40 prescriptions were analyzed. The average age of patients visiting HC centers was 33.11 years (female 35.79; male 30.40). 3.65 was the average number of prescribed drugs. 27% was the percentage of encounters with at least one prescribed antibiotic whereas 35% was the percentage of encounters with at least one prescribed injection prescribed, which was low. 25% is the total percentage of drugs given using generic names was noticed. The average consultation and dispensing time of 40 prescriptions was 2.02 minutes and 42.52 seconds. The study demonstrates that trend toward irrational practice mainly on use of antibiotics and non-generic prescribing in most of health facilities studied. Patient care given by health facilities studied was inadequate and thus for encouragement of rational drug use practice, an effective intervention program is recommended.

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Drug use pattern in health care centers of District Bhakkar, Pakistan

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Wahid Ali, Jalal Ud Din, Sheikh Abdur Rashid, Siffat Ullah Khan, Niamat Ullah, Muhammad Faisal Kamran, Aisha Kiran, Hira Bibi, Shah Faisal.
Drug use pattern in health care centers of District Bhakkar, Pakistan.
Int. J. Biomol. & Biomed. 8(1), 10-15, December 2018.
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