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Year : 2010  |  Volume : 1  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 358-364

Practice of rational drug uses in a rural area of 24 pgs(s) in West Bengal

1 Bengal School of Technology, Sugandha, Hooghly - 712 102, India
2 Dr. B. C. Roy College of Pharmacy and AHS, Durgapur, West Bengal, India

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Bengal School of Technology, Sugandha, Hooghly - 712 102, West Bengal
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DOI: 10.4103/0110-5558.72421

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Rational drug use is a function of prescription practices having medical, social, and economic implications. A household level cross-sectional study was undertaken to determine the prescribing practices and extent of rational therapy in the rural area of 24 pgs (s) South district. Following multistage stratified random sampling, 250 households were selected for the study from 24 pgs South, West Bengal, India. Medical care received by morbid persons was noted as per prescription details, wherever available. The results indicate that of the total of 485 morbid episodes, 302 were treated at some healthcare facility and prescriptions were available for 137 (45.36%) only. Injection use was seen in 9.49% of the prescriptions. In all, 29.20% prescriptions contained at least one antibiotic. This observation was more or less the same among the private and public practitioners (34%). The average number of drugs found was 3.153 per prescription. Overall 63.51% prescriptions were found to be irrational. The prescribing practices and use of drugs have been found to be truly unsatisfactory.

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