PMID: 18397584Apr 10, 2008

Prescription patterns for antilipidemic drugs in a group of Colombian patients

Revista Panamericana De Salud Pública = Pan American Journal of Public Health
Jorge Enrique MachadoGiovanny Mesa

Abstract

To determine patterns in antilipidemic drug prescriptions among a group of patients covered by the General Social Security System (Sistema General de Seguridad Social) in Colombia. A descriptive, observational study was conducted of 41 580 hyperlipidemics of both sexes, who were over 20 years of age, undergoing treatment from at least April to June 2006, and were residents of one of 19 cities in Colombia. A database was created to track prescription data collected by the pharmaceutical company that dispenses medications to the patients. The mean age was 58.4+/-13.5 years; 58.9% of the participants were women. Of the total number of patients, 95.6% were receiving monotherapy, while 4.4% were receiving two or more antilipidemics. Prescriptions were ranked as follows: statins (70.9%), fibrates (27.5%), bile acid sequestrant resins (0.9%), and others (0.7%), all at low dosage levels. The most common therapy combinations were lovastatin + gemfibrozil (n = 1 568), cholestyramine + gemfibrozil (n = 92), and cholestyramine + lovastatin (n = 78). Comedications most frequently prescribed were: antihypertensive (60.9%), antiinflammatory (56.5%), antiulcer (22.9%), and antidiabetes drugs (20.6%), and acetylsalicylic acid (ASA, 3.8%). Antia...Continue Reading

Citations

Dec 21, 2019·Biomédica : revista del Instituto Nacional de Salud·Andrés Gaviria-MendozaJorge Machado-Alba
Dec 1, 2020·Journal of Primary Care & Community Health·Manuel Enrique Machado-DuqueJorge Machado-Alba

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