A COMPREHENSIVE ANALYSIS OF DRUG PRESCRIBING PRACTICES OF DOCTORS AND COMPLETENESS OF PRESCRIPTION IN A GOVERNMENT MEDICAL COLLEGE IN NORTHERN INDIA

  • KAMALDEEP SINGH Department of Pharmacology, BPS Government Medical College for Women, Khanpur Kalan, Sonipat, Haryana, India.
  • GARIMA BHUTANI Department of Pharmacology, BPS Government Medical College for Women, Khanpur Kalan, Sonipat, Haryana, India.
  • SEEMA RANI Department of Pharmacology, BPS Government Medical College for Women, Khanpur Kalan, Sonipat, Haryana, India.
  • RAHUL SAINI Department of Pharmacology, BPS Government Medical College for Women, Khanpur Kalan, Sonipat, Haryana, India.
  • ARVIND NARWAT Department of Pharmacology, BPS Government Medical College for Women, Khanpur Kalan, Sonipat, Haryana, India.

Abstract

Objective: This study was designed to analyze the drug prescribing practices of doctors and completeness of prescriptions in a government medical college in Northern India.


Methods: A total of 2155 prescriptions were evaluated for adequacy of information related to prescribed drugs and completeness of information related to patients and doctors.


Results: The weight of the patient was written only in 1.90% prescriptions. The diagnosis was not written on 43.85% prescriptions. A total number of drugs prescribed in all the prescriptions was 6998. The average number of drugs per prescription was found to be 3.25±0.24. Out of these, 64.10% were prescribed by brand names. About 69.14% of drugs were prescribed in the form of tablets. Route of administration was not found to be mentioned for 86.08% drugs. For 53.90% drugs, dose was not mentioned. The name of the prescribing doctor was mentioned in 1.95% prescriptions only.


Conclusion: The study revealed that many prescriptions lacked crucial components of information pertaining to the drugs prescribed and the prescribing doctor. There is a vast scope for improvement by the prescribers.

Keywords: Prescription, Legibility, Prescribing practices, Patient particulars, Drug-related information, Doctors’ particular

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KAMALDEEP SINGH, GARIMA BHUTANI, SEEMA RANI, RAHUL SAINI, and ARVIND NARWAT. “A COMPREHENSIVE ANALYSIS OF DRUG PRESCRIBING PRACTICES OF DOCTORS AND COMPLETENESS OF PRESCRIPTION IN A GOVERNMENT MEDICAL COLLEGE IN NORTHERN INDIA”. Asian Journal of Pharmaceutical and Clinical Research, Vol. 12, no. 11, Sept. 2019, pp. 64-67, doi:10.22159/ajpcr.2019.v12i11.35409.
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