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Profile of Drug Utilization Among Elderly Patients Attending A Cardiology Clinic In Mangalore, India

*, Rathnakar U.P and Ullal, Sheethal D. and *, Shruthi Sadanand1 and Mishra, Shishir and *, Sudhanshu Sekhar Sahu and *, Kotian M and *, Sudhakar Pemminati and *, Udupa AL (2010) Profile of Drug Utilization Among Elderly Patients Attending A Cardiology Clinic In Mangalore, India. Journal of Pharmacy Research, 3 (8). pp. 1835-1837. ISSN 0974-6943

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Abstract

Geriatric population in India is on the rise. Cost of pharmacological treatment and drug interactions due to polypharmacy is a concern in elderly population. The study of prescribing pattern helps to make medical care rational and cost effective. Objective of the study was to describe and analyze the profile of prescriptions among geriatric patients attending a cardiology clinic. Two hundred and twelve prescriptions of geriatric patients, during January to December 2007 in a cardiology clinic, were analyzed. Those aged 70-74 years formed the largest group. Polypharmacy of 4 or more drugs was found in 71.77% of prescriptions. Diabetes mellitus was associated with 29% of 178 prescriptions for ischemic heart disease with hypertension. Large number of drugs prescribed were not found in essential drug list. Anti-platelets were the most often prescribed drug followed by beta blockers and nitrates. Average cost of medications /day was Indian rupees 21.64. Cost of diabetic medications/day was Indian rupees 6.03. Study represents current prescribing trend in cardiovascular drugs among elderly patients.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Poly pharmacy, drug utilization, fixed dose combination, geriatric population
Subjects: Medicine > KMC Mangalore > Pharmacology
Depositing User: KMCMLR User
Date Deposited: 13 Oct 2011 11:06
Last Modified: 18 Oct 2011 06:45
URI: http://eprints.manipal.edu/id/eprint/1507

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