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Year : 2013  |  Volume : 2  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 49-52

Comparisons of anti-diabetic prescriptions of private practitioners and hospital prescribers: A survey

1 Department of Pharmacology, Nilratan Sircar Medical College and Hospital, Kolkata, West Bengal, India
2 Department of Pharmacology, National Medical College and Hospital, Kolkata, West Bengal, India
3 Department of General Medicine, Vivekananda Institute of Medical Sciences and Ramkrishna Mission Seba Pratisthan, Kolkata, West Bengal, India
4 Department of Pharmacology, School of Tropical Medicine, Kolkata, West Bengal, India

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DOI: 10.4103/2278-344X.110565

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Monotherapy as well as effective and safe combination therapy for diabetes is practiced widely by both private and government hospital prescribers. This study attempted to compare the prescriptions of government and private practitioners to obtain a fair idea of the trends of diabetes management in either group. Prescriptions for diabetic patients from both private practitioners and government medical college prescribers were collected. These were analyzed for parameters such as number and type of drugs, cost, and generic prescription. Private prescribers were not significantly different from hospital prescribers in terms of number of drugs per prescription, cost of therapy, and treatment regimens. However, there was a dearth of generic prescriptions from private consultants (33% vs. 9%). Metformin and Glimepiride were the most prescribed drugs in both groups. However, private practitioners preferred Gliclazide, Glipizide, and Glibenclamide more than hospital prescribers.

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