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STUDY OF RATIONAL PRESCRIBING PATTERN AND DRUG MANAGEMENT FOR GERIATRIC PATIENTS IN A TERTIARY CARE HOSPITAL

Nayana P. Kunderi, Lalchhandami Colney*, Sateesh Kumar and Narayanaswamy V. B.

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It was a prospective observational study carried out on geriatric patients at Sapthagiri Institute of Medical Science & Research Center for a period of 6 months where case report form are used to collect the patient details who are of 60 years and above and meeting the inclusion criteria. Among 150 cases, 57% were females and 43% were males. Among them 66% of patients were reported to have 2 diseases, 24 % of patients were diagnosed with 3 disease while patients having >3 diseases were reported to be 10%. The chronic cases of diseases related to hypertension and diabetes were counted to be greater in frequency (DM: 23 %, HTN: 49% DM+ HTN: 28 %). Amlodipine (5 mg) was prescribed rationally for most of the hypertensive patients. Along with that, Human Actrapid (Insulin) and Metformin (oral hypoglycemic agent) was prescribed rationally for more number of diabetic patients. This study found out that Amlodipine (5mg) was prescribed rationally for most of the hypertension patients. Along with that Human Acrapid (insulin) and Metformin (oral hypoglycemic agent) was prescribed rationally for more number of diabetic patients. Hence, drug utilization and prescription studies of these drugs are conducted to help prescribers to make appropriate changes if needed to ensure that the drugs are prescribed rationally. This result also emphasized the rational use of geriatric medicine mostly related to the chronic condition of hypertension and diabetes. It shows the acceptability and tolerability of drugs prescribed for geriatric individuals.

Keywords: Hypertension, Diabetes, Insulin, Rational.


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