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Year : 2016 | Volume: 1 | Issue: 2 | Pages: 60-62

DRUG CONSUMPTION PATTERN AMONGST DIFFERENT SOCIOECONOMIC GROUPS: A RETROSPECTIVE STUDY

Mr. NDVR Saradhi*, Dr. Rupa Kottapalli et al

* Corresponding author

  • Prabhath Institute of Pharmacy, Nandyal, Kurnool dist, Andhra Pradesh.

    Sree Dattha Institute of Pharmacy, Sheriguda, Ranga Reddy Dist, Telangana

  19/02/2016

  27/02/2016

  01/03/2016

  10/03/2016

  • Mr. NDVR Saradhi*, Dr. Rupa Kottapalli et al

    , (2016), DRUG CONSUMPTION PATTERN AMONGST DIFFERENT SOCIOECONOMIC GROUPS: A RETROSPECTIVE STUDY. International Journal of Pharmacometrics and Integrated Biosciences, 1(2): 60-62. doi: 0

Abstract

The aim of this study was to prevent medical related problems and evaluating the effectiveness of medication therapy by improving patient safety and stimulating improvements and standardizations in medication-use and also minimizing the cost of medication therapy in Chennai and its rural places. This was a retrospective drug utilization study of all patients (n=288), who attended the door to door at Indian Infoline in Pallavaram, Chennai. The study is performed during January 2014-May 2014. The families participated in the study containing family members of 1-3 is about 54% and their income is limited to less than rupees 5000. These people visit the hospital at least 57.3% in the first visit and the second visit is drastically decreased to 21.3%. Expenditure on medicines by the above families is about rupees 700.00 and the reports says males spent more on medicines than females and the most of the high income groups are mainly dependent on Physician advice in diagnosis and in drug usage pattern rather than Pharmacist where as in low income group it is vice versa. The age group 46-60 has spent more expenditure on medicines in low income group when compared to higher income group. Similarly among the higher income group, those falling under the age group 21-45 have spent higher expenditure on drugs. According to the ATC classification the people having income <9999 have more prone to Nervous Disorders and >10000 are suffering with Neoplasis and Immunological Disorders. Demographic analysis showed that more than 25% of family members fall in an age group of 21-30 years. Nearly 54.2% of families had 3 members in their family. Most of the population i.e. about 80% visited doctors for their health related problems before buying drugs from pharmacies. Our study revealed that most of the families were using allopathic system of medicine for their ailments.

Keywords

Drug consumption pattern, Demographic analysis, Neoplasis, Immunological disorders etc