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A CROSS SECTIONAL DRUG UTILIZATION STUDY AMONGST HYPERTENSIVE PATIENTS IN A TERTIARY CARE TEACHING HOSPITAL AT JAIPUR

*Dr. Ishteyaque Ahmad, Dr. Manjula Bhargava, Dr. Ajitesh Mishra, Dr. Imteyaz Ahmad, Dr. Gopal Jhalani

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Drug Utilization research defined by WHO in 1977 as “marketing, distribution, prescription, and use of drugs in a society, with special emphasis on the resulting medical, social, and economic consequences”.[1] The principal aim of drug utilization study is to facilitate rational use of drugs in population. Without the knowledge of how drugs are being prescribed and used, it is difficult to evaluate rational use of drugs and to suggest measures to change prescribing habits for the better. In India, the elderly population is expected to Incresae by 3.5 times from 57 million in 1991, to 198 million in 2030 and by 6 times to 326 million in 2050. (1) Projections made by the United Nation indicate that 21% of The Indian population will be above 60 years by 2050. (2) The elderly population will assume greater importance by sheer numbers and utilization of both preventive and curative health care services. This was echoed by the world health organization (WHO) theme for the „World Health Day -2012; Ageing and Health.

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