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Title : FIXED DOSE COMBINATION: UNDERSTANDING OF IMMINENT PHARMACIST
Authors : Riffat Yasmin, Sadia Shakeel, Wajiha Iffat, Madiha Fatima Sana
Abstract : This study was conducted to evaluate the awareness of pharmacy students’ about prescribing fixed dose combination (FDC) in pharmacy institutions in Karachi. A cross sectional study was conducted during July-Sep, 2013. Participants’ overall response towards the importance of the FDCs was found positive. Out of 600 students, 511 pharmacy students (85.16%) responded the questionnaire, belonging to public and private institutes of Karachi. 47.7% of the respondents were aware of the practice for prescribing FDCs. Only 29.15% students were informed about the standard protocol for prescribing FDCs. 65.75% of the students agreed that patient compliance can be improved by using simpler dosage schedule of FDCs. On the other hand 49.9% of the students claimed that FDCs may lead to alteration of therapeutic effect due to possible drug-drug interaction. It is concluded that pharmacy students’ awareness of prescribing FDC is the demand of modern medicine to improve the patient compliance, ease in drug administration, safe and successful use of drugs.

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