Changing profile in the use of anti-asthma drugs

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Abstract

Data regarding the total number of anti-asthma drugs dispensed via community pharmacies within Northern Ireland from 1980 to 1997 were collected and analysed. The use of anti-asthma drugs within this population increased markedly over the study period from 19.84 DDDs/1000/day to 84.07 DDDs/1000/day. With the exception of the non-selective beta(2)-agonists, there has been an overall increasing trend in the utilization of all of the anti-asthma drugs during the study period. Most of the increase is attributable to the increase in prescribing of the selective beta(2)-agonists and the glucocorticoids, This increase in the utilization of anti-asthma drugs may be explained by an increasing prevalence of the condition, increased adherence to asthma management protocols or to the prescribing of more intensive drug therapies.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)385-394
Number of pages10
JournalPharmacoepidemiology and Drug Safety
Volume8
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 1999

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pharmacology (medical)
  • Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmaceutics(all)

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