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Prescription pattern monitoring studies (PPMS) are useful to assess the prescribing, dispensing and distribution of medicines. They promote appropriate use of monitored drugs, reduce the misuse of these valuable resources and also help in preventing future drug resistance.

Aim of the study

To study prescription pattern of various antibiotics in a teaching hospital

Materials and Methods

An observational study was done for a period of one year from April 2017 to March 2018 in the department of Pharmacology at Mallareddy Narayana Multispecialty Hospital, Suraram, Hyderabad, Telangana. Drug related information like number of drugs prescribed, dose, route of administration, frequency, indication, therapy duration, month of admission, the total number of drugs prescribed, total number of antibiotics prescribed were studied.


In the present study majority of patients, 43.3% (130/300)   were among 31-40 years, followed by 16.6% (50/300) patients among 41-50 years. Male predominance (66.6%) compared to females (33.3%) was seen. On clinical diagnosis, Respiratory tract infections were the most common in  50% (150/300) cases and  antibiotics were prescribed in high percentage (21.5%), followed by viral fever (16.6%). 195(65%) prescriptions had antibiotic monotherapy, 72 (24%) prescriptions had two antibiotic drugs, 33 (11 %) prescriptions had more than 2 antibiotic drugs. Cephalosporins were commonly prescribed in 173 (49.4%) cases.


Various clinical conditions across all age groups require use of antibiotics. Respiratory tract infections are the most common indications for prescribing antibiotics. Cephalosporins and quinolones are the most commonly prescribed antibiotics. Antibiotic monotherapy is commoner than usage of multiple antibiotics. Rational use of appropriate antibiotics can obviate drug resistance in future and continuous monitoring of antibiotic usage in hospitals is recommended.


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Dr K.Vashishta. (2021). Observational study on prescription pattern of various antibiotics in a teaching hospital. International Journal of Research in Pharmacology & Pharmacotherapeutics, 7(2), 151-156. Retrieved from


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