An audit of generic prescribing in a general surgical department.

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10147/266974
Title:
An audit of generic prescribing in a general surgical department.
Authors:
Gleeson, M; Coyle, P; Clarke Moloney, M; Walsh, S R; Grace, P A
Affiliation:
Graduate Entry Medical School, University of Limerick, Limerick, Ireland.
Citation:
An audit of generic prescribing in a general surgical department. 2013: Ir J Med Sci
Journal:
Irish journal of medical science
Issue Date:
17-Jan-2013
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10147/266974
DOI:
10.1007/s11845-013-0900-7
PubMed ID:
23325500
Abstract:
BACKGROUND: The Health Service Executive introduced a generic prescription policy to reduce costs. Despite this, generic prescription rates remain low. AIM: To audit in-patient prescription practice in a single surgical department and identify potential savings which could be realised by adherence to the generic prescribing policy. METHODS: Surgical in-patient charts were obtained at the point of discharge and their drug prescription information was recorded. RESULTS: 51 % of prescriptions involved a trade-name prescription where an appropriate generic equivalent existed. The cost implications for hospital and community patients were found to be greatly affected by substitution policies that exist at hospital pharmacy level. CONCLUSION: There is a need to promote greater adherence to generic prescribing amongst hospital doctors in line with international best practice. It can have a positive impact in terms of safe prescribing and can have cost implications at both hospital and community level.
Item Type:
Article
Language:
en
ISSN:
1863-4362

Full metadata record

DC FieldValue Language
dc.contributor.authorGleeson, Men_GB
dc.contributor.authorCoyle, Pen_GB
dc.contributor.authorClarke Moloney, Men_GB
dc.contributor.authorWalsh, S Ren_GB
dc.contributor.authorGrace, P Aen_GB
dc.date.accessioned2013-01-25T14:10:57Z-
dc.date.available2013-01-25T14:10:57Z-
dc.date.issued2013-01-17-
dc.identifier.citationAn audit of generic prescribing in a general surgical department. 2013: Ir J Med Scien_GB
dc.identifier.issn1863-4362-
dc.identifier.pmid23325500-
dc.identifier.doi10.1007/s11845-013-0900-7-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10147/266974-
dc.description.abstractBACKGROUND: The Health Service Executive introduced a generic prescription policy to reduce costs. Despite this, generic prescription rates remain low. AIM: To audit in-patient prescription practice in a single surgical department and identify potential savings which could be realised by adherence to the generic prescribing policy. METHODS: Surgical in-patient charts were obtained at the point of discharge and their drug prescription information was recorded. RESULTS: 51 % of prescriptions involved a trade-name prescription where an appropriate generic equivalent existed. The cost implications for hospital and community patients were found to be greatly affected by substitution policies that exist at hospital pharmacy level. CONCLUSION: There is a need to promote greater adherence to generic prescribing amongst hospital doctors in line with international best practice. It can have a positive impact in terms of safe prescribing and can have cost implications at both hospital and community level.-
dc.languageENG-
dc.language.isoenen
dc.rightsArchived with thanks to Irish journal of medical scienceen_GB
dc.titleAn audit of generic prescribing in a general surgical department.en_GB
dc.typeArticleen
dc.contributor.departmentGraduate Entry Medical School, University of Limerick, Limerick, Ireland.en_GB
dc.identifier.journalIrish journal of medical scienceen_GB

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