DRUG UTILIZATION STUDY OF FLUOROQUINOLONE ANTIBIOTICS IN A UNIVERSITY TEACHING HOSPITAL
It is well known that antibiotics are prescribed abundantly in hospitalized patients especially in critical care settings. The antibiotic usage will also vary depends on the type of therapy, physicians perceptions and availability of the drug. Our aim was to study the drug utilization pattern of Fluoroquinolone (FQs) antibiotics in medicine and surgery wards of a tertiary care hospital. A total of 100 patients who received FQs were enrolled in the study and the FQ utilization was measured in terms of DDD/100 bed days. Mean Â± SD number of drugs prescribed and length of hospital stay were 8.23 Â± 3.33 and 11.54 Â± 7.57 respectively. Ciprofloxacin was the most commonly prescribed drug. Overall Fluoroquinolone utilization was found to be 33.55 DDD/100 bed-days.
Key words: Defined daily dose, drug utilization, fluoroquinolones.
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