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  Assessment of Drug Utilization among Pregnant Women in University of Gondar Teaching Hospital, North

Drug can have harmful effect on the fetus at any time during pregnancy. It is important to bear this in mind when prescribing for a woman of child bearing age or for men trying to father child. During the first trimester drug may produce congential malformation (teratogenesis), and the period of greater risk is from the third to eleventh week of pregnancy. During the second and the third trimesters drugs may affect the growth and functional development of the fetus or have toxic effect on the fetal tissues and drug given shortly before term or during labor may have adverse effect on labor or-on the neonate after delivery. The main objective of this study was to assess drug utilization in pregnancy among pregnant women at University of Gondar teaching hospital. A retrospective study of drug utilization in pregnancy from ANC cards was conducted from February 15- March 15, 2012 at University of Gondar teaching hospital, North West Ethiopia to assess drug utilization during pregnancy in the hospital by using structured format for collection of data. A total of 400 women were included in the study; of which 96.75% were prescribed an average of 1.82 drugs during pregnancy. The most frequently drug during pregnancy were anti- anemic preparation, antibacterial followed by GIT drugs. Nearly 0.3% of the pregnant women were prescribed with drugs from category D and X of the US-FDA risk classification. Most of pregnant women were exposed to drugs, including those with potential harm to the fetus. Health care providers should thus weigh the therapeutic benefits of drug, to the mother against its potential risk to the developing fetus before prescribing.

Date: 07, Apr 2013 Posted By: admin
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