Title

Anti-tuberculous drug prescribing: doctors' compliance at a private teaching hospital in Pakistan

Document Type

Article

Department

Pulmonary and Critical Care

Abstract

An adequate and appropriate anti-TB drug prescription is of crucial importance in order to "cure" a TB patient of his or her disease. This study looked at the prescribing habits of doctors working in a private teaching hospital of Pakistan. The results showed that the majority of doctors (79%) were choosing the correct four-drug regiment of RHZE in the intensive phase, as recommended in the National Guidelines. However, the dosage of some drugs were below the recommended ranges (43% of prescriptions for Pyraizinamide and 48% for Ethambutol). Regular audit of doctors' prescriptions is necessary in order to ensure that the National TB Guidelines are fully implemented by physicians working in the private sector of Pakistan.

Publication

Tropical Doctor

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