Vol. 2, Issue 5 (2015)
Prescription analysis to evaluate the rational use of drugs by using who health care indicators
Author(s): P. Geetha, P. Vijayalakshmi, S. Tilak, A. Maheswaran, N. Narayanan
Abstract: Prescription analysis gives the basic information for the design of strategy to address irrational prescribing practices in a health centres in Chennai. Datas were collected from patients register and by interviewing the patientâ€™s immediately after Doctor prescribes and before patient dispenserâ€™s encounters. Dataâ€™s collected were analyzed for WHO prescribing indicators. Out off the 100 prescription analyzed, the results showed that the average number of drugs prescribed per prescription was 4.38 and that a large proportions of the prescriptions contained two or more drugs that could results in adverse drug reactions prescribing by generic names 11.19% and was encouraging. The exposure of patients to the antibiotics (39%) was high and injection use (38%) was often unnecessary. Prescribing from Essential Drug List (43.49%) was satisfactory. The results suggest a need for intervention to curb the irrational use of drugs prescribing in a health centres. Continuous education of prescribers and health care providers, monitoring, supervision public education would be beneficial.