Vol. 7, Issue 5 (2018)
Assessment of the prescription pattern of anti-diabetic drugs in type-2 diabetes mellitus patients
Lalit Kumar, Dr. SK Gupta and Dr. Anupam Prakash
Background: India has a sizeable Diabetic Population with more than 72 million type-2 diabetic patients. Glycemic control remains the major goal for prevention of complications arising from diabetes. Poor glycemic control can be prevented by using rational & safe use of anti-diabetic drugs. The study of the prescription pattern can be used to evaluate the Rational use of the drugs in diabetic patients. Methodology: A cross-sectional questionnaire-based study was carried out in 160 Diabetic patients attending diabetic OPD of a public tertiary care hospital to assess their prescribing pattern of anti-diabetic drugs. Results: Out of 160 patients 56 were males (35%) & 104 were females (65%). Oral anti-diabetic drugs were prescribed for 128(80%) patients & 58 patients (36.25%) received insulin. Metformin was the most frequently prescribed drug to 125 patients (78.125%) followed by sulfonylurea to 73 Patients (45.625%) & DPP-4 inhibitors to 24 patients (15%). 104 patients (65%) were on combination therapy of 2 or more drugs and 56 Patients (35%) were on monotherapy. The Combination of Glimipride & Metformin was the most commonly prescribed drug combination to 49 patients (30.625%). Conclusion: Oral anti-diabetic drugs are on top in prescribing pattern, but the use of insulin preparations in the treatment of Type 2 diabetes mellitus is increasing continuously
How to cite this article:
Lalit Kumar, Dr. SK Gupta, Dr. Anupam Prakash. Assessment of the prescription pattern of anti-diabetic drugs in type-2 diabetes mellitus patients. Pharma Innovation 2018;7(5):392-394.