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Journal:   HORMOZGAN MEDICAL JOURNAL   Winter 2004 , Volume 7 , Number 4; Page(s) 167 To 172.
 
Paper: 

PATTERN OF PRESCRIPTION AND DRUG INTERACTION IN PRESCRIPTIONS OF NOWSHAHR AND CHALOUS PHYSICIANS (2001)

 
 
Author(s):  ASGARIRAD H., POURMORAD F.*, AKBARI KH.
 
* Pharmaceutical Chemistry, Faculty of Pharmmacy, Mazandaran University of Medical Sciences, Salman Farsi St, Sari. Iran
 
Abstract: 

Introduction: In recent decades drug interaction aspects were considered as a new era in order to achieve a rational drug therapy. To optimize the drug therapy and prohibit the adverse effects of the medicines many researches have been performing. Several types of drug interactions are mentioned in the reference books. In our study, drug interaction facts were choosen as a standard reference to evaluate prescriptions.
Method & Material: This study was performed on 3000 prescriptions that were collected randomly from several pharmacies in Chalous and Nowshahr cities during 2001 calendar year.
The prescriptions were evaluated with regard to polypharmacy, the number and rating of the drug interactions in connection with the age and sex of the patients. The results were presented by descriptive methods.
Results: The ratios of consumption and drug interaction in the prescriptions for female patients were more than those from male patients. Degree one drug interaction (major severity), was more in the prescriptions made by internal medicine specialists and cardiologists. Degree two drug interactions (moderate severity) were observed in the prescriptions made by gynecologists, and degree three of drug interactions were seen in prescriptions by general practitioners.
Drug interactions rates for degrees 1, 2 and 3 were 5.6%, 37.9% and 56.5%, respectively. Cardiovascular drugs were mostly consumed by patients who were above 56 years old. The greatest number of medicines was observed in the prescriptions given by general practitioners.
Conclusion: It could be concluded that the drug therapy in Nowshahr and Chalous is below the standards and in order to avoid the probable adverse drug reactions and other future problems, it would be better to afford making more rational prescriptions.

 
Keyword(s): DRUG INTERACTION, PRESCRIPTIONS, DRUG, CHALOUS, NOWSHAHR
 
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