STUDY OF FIXED DOSE COMBINATION PATTERN AT TERTIARY CARE TEACHING HOSPITAL

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Dr Rahul Chavan
Ms Durga Gajanan Mahale

Keywords

Fixed dose combination, prescribing pattern, irrational, ATC classification.

Abstract

Background: Fixed dose combinations (FDCs) have different focal points and drawbacks. Fixed dose combinations (FDC) enhance the efficacy of individual drugs, decrease the chances of drug resistance, improve patient compliance and also decrease the pill burden on the patients. Studying the prescription pattern helps in developing national database which can be used to promote rational use of drugs.


Method: Prescriptions from various Outdoor Patient Department (OPD) during the study period were used for the study. The drugs were classified according to Anatomical Therapeutic Chemical (ATC) classification.


Results:  The highest percentage of FDCs was seen in alimentary tract 35.78, followed by anti infective(20.21%). Among the alimentary drugs maximum number was of antacid combination followed by combination of proton pump inhibitors and prokinetic drugs. In anti-infective group mostly included amoxiclav, norfloxacin-tinidazole, ofloxacin-ornidazole.


Conclusions: A significant number of drugs are being prescribed as FDCs which also includes various irrational combinations.

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