STUDY ON DRUG UTILIZATION PATTERN OF CHRONIC RENAL FAILURE PATIENTS IN A TERTIARY CARE HOSPITAL
Objective: Chronic Renal Failure is a worldwide public health problem with an increasing incidence and prevalence, poor outcomes and high cost of treatment due to co-morbidities and Polypharmacy. The aim of this study was to describe drug utilization pattern of patients with chronic renal failure in a tertiary care hospital.
Methods: The study was conducted between July -2013 to December-2013. In total 150 patients were identified and 135 patients were recruited for further study. Study subject medical record and prescription was reviewed on their regular hospital visit. Those were missed the followup, their medical records and prescription were reviewed from the medical record department
Results: In this study, male subjects (62.85 %) predominated; 37.05% of the patients were in the age group of 51 to 60 years. The mean age of subjects was 53.26 Â±15.69 years. The average number of drugs prescribed per prescription was 5.26 Â± 3.79.
Conclusion: The prevalence of Polypharmacy was high in patients with CRF. Diuretics, anti hypertensive and anti diabetic drugs were used more frequently in chronic renal failure patients. Moreover time to time studies are required to improve management strategy and quality of life of patients.
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