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Abstract

ASSESSMENT OF IMPACT OF TEACHING ON KNOWLEDGE AND AWARENESS AMONG MBBS STUDENTS ABOUT THE DRUG PACKAGE INSERTS

Smita Y. Wankhede*, Milind L. Pardeshi, Vishal V. Ghorpade and Balasaheb B. Ghongane

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Background: Patients Package Inserts (PPI’s) are the printed leaflet that contains information based on regulatory guidelines for the safe and effective use of a drug. Patients who read the PPI’s are more likely to follows the instructions, especially if the information in the PPI’s agrees with instructions of the physician and or pharmacist. Methods: A questionnaire consisting of questions related to drug package inserts and its importance, were formulated in the form of pre-test. These questionnaire were distributed in the students and data was collected. After that a short lecture was delivered on DPI and same questionnaire were given again as a post test and the data collected was analysed. Results: Total 100 second year MBBS students answered the questionnaires. In the pre-test, 56% were aware of the term drug package inserts and 31% knew that it is in English language. Only 10% were aware that DPI is the authentic source of information for new drug. 75% opined, it is mandatory with new drug. Lastly nobody was knowing about the Rule & Act by which package inserts are governed. After delivering lecture, in post-test highly significant improvement was observed. All were knowing the term DPI and answered correctly about the language used and DPI as an authentic source of information. Conclusions: Awareness regarding DPI can be improved by adding a short lecture to the curriculum of second MBBS.

Keywords: Teaching, Awareness, Drug package inserts, Medical students.


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