Journal of Research in Pharmacy Practice

: 2014  |  Volume : 3  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 147-

Evaluation of medicine prescription pattern

Sim Sai Tin1, Viroj Wiwanitkit2,  
1 Medical Center, Shantou, China
2 Hainan Medical University, Hainan, China

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Sim Sai Tin
Medical Center, Shantou

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Tin SS, Wiwanitkit V. Evaluation of medicine prescription pattern.J Res Pharm Pract 2014;3:147-147

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I would like to discuss on the report on "Evaluation of medicine prescription pattern." [1] Karimi et al. concluded "there is an inevitable need to improve prescription habits among different specialties, especially among general practitioners." [1] In fact, the problem of improper prescription is common in clinical practice and should be well-managed. Similar problems can be seen in many countries. For example, in Niger, there were "few prescriptions according to standard treatment" and becomes the urgent problem to be managed. [2] It is no doubt that the problem exists. The more important thing is the factors contributing to the prescribing behavior. Here, we would like to show the experience from China on this problem. Of interest, it was found "doctors with more education, more training on rational drug use, and better acquisition of medicine knowledge prescribe a lower percentage of generic drugs." [3] It is suggested that education and "performance evaluation for doctors" [3] seem to be the goof way for promotion of good prescribing practice. In addition, the "economic incentives" is found to be another important factor affecting rational drug use. [4]


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2Mallet HP, Njikam A, Scouflaire SM. Evaluation of prescription practices and of the rational use of medicines in Niger. Sante 2001;11:185-93.
3Wang H, Li N, Zhu H, Xu S, Lu H, Feng Z. Prescription pattern and its influencing factors in Chinese county hospitals: A retrospective cross-sectional study. PLoS One 2013;8:e63225.
4Chen M, Wang L, Chen W, Zhang L, Jiang H, Mao W. Does economic incentive matter for rational use of medicine? China′s experience from the essential medicines program. Pharmacoeconomics 2014;32:245-55.