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EVALUATION OF DRUG USE PATTERNS IN GERIATRIC IN-PATIENTS IN A TERTIARY CARE HOSPITAL

Bhargavi M.*, Sravani N., Prashanth L., Priyanka R. and Amatul Ali Sameera

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Aims and objectives: The goal of this study was to examine drug use patterns among geriatric in-patients at a tertiary care hospital. Method: An observational, prospective, study was conducted in a multispecialty hospital in Hyderabad, Telangana, India. A total of 150 elderly individuals from the in-patient general medicine unit at Aware Gleneagles Global Hospital who met the exclusion and inclusion criteria were selected for the 6-month study. All information about the research work has been gathered from in-patient case records as well as by associating with subjects and attendees of the subjects who are part of the research work with the help of doctors. Results: A total population of 150 people was analyzed, ranging from the age of 65 to above 91 years. Males accounted for 65.3% and females accounted for 34.6%. The majority of patients had respiratory tract system and CVS (29%) problems, subsequently CNS (15.34%). UTI (6%), GI and renal (9.33%) Hepato-biliary (5.34%), endocrine and oncology (4.66%), infectious (4%), hematological (2%), and the least was dermatology (68%). The more frequently prescribed drug in GI was pantoprazole (93.3%), in CVS it was Ecospirin (20%), in endocrine it was Thyronorm and metformin (4%), in the respiratory system it was Duolin (25.33%), and in the CNS it was levipil (4%). Conclusion: The information from the drug utilization pattern analysis would be useful in giving a good quality of healthcare to geriatric patients and aid in improving the rational use of medication.

Keywords: Drug utilization evaluation, geriatrics, pantoprazole, Ecospirin.


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