Background: Drug-drug interactions (DDIs), being one of
the most preventable drug related hazards having serious life threatening
adverse consequences or at least results in therapeutic failure.
Aim: To confirm the drug-drug interactions among medical
patients at private and public sector hospitals of Jhelum and Kharian.
Study design: Comparative study.
Methodology: The collected data was analyzed for drug
interactions. Patients who were being prescribed less than two drugs along with
topical drugs (ointments, creams, ear drops and eye drops) were excluded.
Information on prescriptions was retrieved from the hospital prescription. SPSS for
windows version 20.0 was used to analyze the data. Results were presented as
frequency and percentage.
Results: The results showed that the public sector showed 1640
drug interactions, that is 75%; on the other hand, the private sector showed
260 drug interactions, that is 41%.
Conclusions: We concluded that frequency of drug
interactions were more in public sector hospitals. Hence, a possible reason for
such a result could be the greater patient load on public sector hospitals and
less number of appointed doctors in such facilities.
Keywords: Adverse Drug Interaction, Drug-Related
Problems and Drug-Drug Interaction.