Harsukh Educational Charitable Society International Journal of Community Health and Medical Research
Volume 5 Issue 2 April-June 2019
|Analysis and Validation of Commonly Used Medicine Information Sources with Reference to WHO Essential Medicine List- An Observational Study|
|Sanjeev Gupta, Shabnam Choudhary, Roshi, Vishal R. Tandon, Vijay Khajuria|
With the flooding of many drugs in market, many irrational drugs and combinations are being prescribed. WHO has set up many standard guidelines to prevent this. The program also involves essential medicine list formulation and information about drugs. There are many drug information sources but none of them is complete. The present study was conducted for a period of one year in GMC, Jammu to analyse and validate many drug sources. The current study highlights that sources of drug information likely to be used by patients (Wikipedia, Medicinal strips/Package inserts) and healthcare providers (Drug Today/Martindale/MEDLINE) failed to provide complete and adequate drug information. In comparison to National Formulary of India, all these sources significantly provided more inadequate information. National Formulary of India also failed to provide complete/adequate information as per the standards laid down by WHO. Further, these sources significantly varied in providing the drug information. Relatively National Formulary of India, followed by Martindale emerged as better among the all. The current study strongly recommends that all these sources need scientific upgradation, otherwise in the present state it can have negative impact on the drug information seeker.
Key words: Drug information, health care, Medicine.
Corresponding author: Dr. Roshi, Demonstrator, Department of Pharmacology, Government Medical College, Jammu
This article may be cited as: Gupta S, Choudhary S, Roshi, Tandon VR, Khajuria V. Analysis and Validation of Commonly Used Medicine Information Sources with Reference to WHO Essential Medicine List: An Observational Study. HECS Int J Comm Health Med Res 2019; 5(2):22-26
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