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.
|Number of pages||10|
|Journal||Pharmacoepidemiology and Drug Safety|
|Publication status||Published - 1999|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Pharmacology (medical)
- Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmaceutics(all)