Background: The pattern of drug use in people hospitalized with a primary diagnosis of psoriasis has never been studied previously in India. The aim of the study was to characterize the prescription pattern of people admitted to hospital with psoriasis so that rational prescribing could be promoted among dermatologists.
Methods: Case files belonging to 32 patients, admitted in the Department of Dermatology with psoriasis, of a tertiary care teaching hospital in Kerala, over a period of 1-year were retrieved with the assistance of the medical records department. The data thus obtained was analyzed using descriptive statistics.
Results: The average age of patients who were admitted with psoriasis was 49.9 years, and their average duration of hospital stay was 7.96 days. A total of 296 formulations were prescribed to 32 patients. Out of 296 formulations, only 10 (3.37%) were generic and rest 286 (96.62%) branded. Fixed dose combinations consisted of 32.43% (96/296) of the prescribed formulations. Psoriasis vulgaris (56.25%) was the most common cause for admission. Of all the prescribed medications, 4 (1.35%) did not contain clear instructions for the route of administration. Strength was clearly mentioned in only 89 (30%) of the preparations. In 98% of the prescriptions, the exact dose was missing.
Conclusions: The study reveals various deficiencies which exist in the prescribing pattern of drugs for management of psoriasis. Educational interventions among the doctors as well as students should be carried out to promote rational drug use.
Psoriasis, Inpatient management, Dermatology, Drug utilization, Prescription analysis