Background: Population burden, illiteracy, availability of few doctors for larger group of population all these leads to many unanswered questions left in a patientâ€™s mind. Incomplete information results into noncompliance, therapeutic failure, and adverse drug reactions (ADR). It is very important to establish a system which will provide noncommercial, independent, unbiased source of medicine information. Medicines Info OPD is a concept and step towards safe and appropriate use of medicines.
Objective: (1) To assess the present status of knowledge about the medicines in the patients and its correlation with education. (2) To assess the medicine information dispensing modalities, their use and sufficiency from the patients view point. (3) To assess the overall need for Medicines Information OPD in present scenario.
Materials and Methods: A pre-validated questionnaire based study was conducted amongst 500 patients of tertiary health care hospital. The questionnaire consisted of specific questions regarding understanding of prescription, knowledge about adverse drug reaction, view about self-medication and opinion regarding the need of Medicines Info OPD.
Results: Significantly large proportion of patients opined that doctors do not have sufficient time in current Indian healthcare to explain the prescription and they are not aware of adverse drug reactions, expiry date or use the package inserts etc.
Conclusion: Clinically relevant, up to date, user specific, independent, objective and unbiased Medicines Info OPD is essential for appropriate drug use and can help in a big way to common public to address many problems faced by them.
Information; Prescription; Unbiased; Clinically Relevant