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    ISSN: 1432-1041
    Keywords: drug utilisation ; prescribing habits ; hypnotics ; sedatives ; minor tranquillisers ; defined daily doses ; therapeutic audit
    Source: Springer Online Journal Archives 1860-2000
    Topics: Chemistry and Pharmacology , Medicine
    Notes: Summary The utilisation of hypnotics, sedatives, and minor tranquillisers (HSmT) was studied by means of drug-delivery and hospital occupancy statistics for 1975–1977 in a Swedish university hospital. A total of 0.53 so-called defined daily doses (DDD)/bed-day were delivered in 1975, implying that every second patient might have regularly been prescribed HSmT. The benzodiazepines were predominant with 71% of the deliveries. Five major drugs accounted for 88%. The drug pattern and the range of DDD/bed-day (0.09–1.18) differed considerably between the departments. Drugs not recommended by the hospital's Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee accounted only for 3% of deliveries. In a drug surveillance study performed in two medical wards, HSmT were prescribed for 43% of 274 patients. Drug delivery and prescription data were in broad agreement. Drug information activities in the hospital had a clearly discernable influence on the delivered DDD/bed-day. This measure is an inexpensive indicator of drug utilisation in a hospital and a suitable basis for therapeutic audit.
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    ISSN: 1432-1041
    Keywords: compliance ; prescribing habits ; drug utilisation ; age effect ; multiple therapies
    Source: Springer Online Journal Archives 1860-2000
    Topics: Chemistry and Pharmacology , Medicine
    Notes: Summary The drug history of 285 consecutive patients admitted to two medical wards of a Swedish university hospital was investigated. In 30 cases (11%) no information about current drug therapy could be obtained from the patients themselves, and in further 21 (7%) additional drugs from other sources were discovered. Current drug therapy of 234 patients (82%) was identified, of whom 217 had medicines supplied by prescription and 52 used drugs bought over the counter. The medication was “chronic” for 85% of the prescribed drugs, and 18% were prescribed to be taken as required. Significantly more women than men were taking medicines, but, amongst the users, there was no significant difference in the number of drugs taken by men or women. The average number of drugs prescribed for the 217 patients was 3.7, more being prescribed for the older patients. Cardiovascular and psychotropic medicines were the agents most commonly prescribed. Digoxin was prescribed for 65 patients. The mean daily dose was 0.20 mg, and it was reduced for older patients and for those with elevated serum creatinine. Twelve patients (19%) had no measurable digoxin in their plasma; the median concentration was 1.15 nmol/l. Ten of 32 patients (31%) had a significant change in their plasma digoxin concentration after supervised drug intake in hospital, indicating previous irregular intake of digoxin. Compliance with the prescribed drug regimen was evaluated from interviews of 151 patients. Of them, 59 (39%) were classified as having been non-compliant for half their drugs during the last two days prior to admission. Non-compliance was reported significantly more often by patients who were aged 65 years or more, and who had more than three drugs prescribed for regular intake. The number of drugs prescribed did not seem to influence compliance in patients under 65 years of age. Significantly more doses were reported to be missed for drugs meant to be taken thrice daily (31%), than for those with once (18%) or twice (20%) daily dosage schedule. The difference between once and twice daily schedules was not significant.
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