Results of Drug Use Survey in Bangladesh. Essential Drugs Monitor No. 016 (1993)
(1993; 1 page)

The Community Medicine and Pharmacology departments at four medical colleges in Chittagong, Khulna, Mymensingh, and Rajshahi conducted a survey in November 1992 to assess drug use patterns following the enactment of Bangladesh’s new national drug policy in June 1992. Ten thana health centers (THCs) and ten union sub centres (USCs) were monitored by each department, totaling eighty facilities nationwide. Data was collected from registers and by observation. Researchers found consultation time in both THCs and USCs was low, averaging only 54 seconds. Only 37% of patients were adequately examined and 41% received adequate treatment as defined by standard guidelines. Findings on drug prescription practices were better, showing that a satisfactory number of drugs were prescribed to each patient, 78% of drugs prescribed were generics, and 85% of drugs prescribed were from the essential drugs list. However, for 12 drugs under review, there was a low availability of only 54%. The average dispensing time for prescription medications was 23 seconds. As a result of low consultation and dispensing times, only 55% of patients knew how and when to take their prescribed medications. Due to the large scope of the study, these results accurately reflect national patterns of drug use in Bangladesh. Therefore, the results can be used to assess the effectiveness of the new national drug policy and to determine what improvements must be made. (Abstract by Flannery Bowman, 2013)

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