Proton pump inhibitor prescribing following Endoscopic diagnosis in a district general hospital

Curtis, C.E.; Ford, N.; Marriott, J.F.; Wilson, K.A. and Langley, C.A. Proton pump inhibitor prescribing following Endoscopic diagnosis in a district general hospital. International Journal of Pharmacy Practice, 10 (S1), R41.

Abstract

Focal points: A systematic review of the use of proton pump inhibitors was conducted among patients undergoing diagnostic fibreoptic endoscopic examination of the upper gastrointestinal tract during the period July 2001 to February 2002 inclusive A total of 2,557 patients received a PPI following endoscopy and healing doses were prescribed to 75.3 per cent of these patients An “unknown indication” was stated as a diagnosis in 958 patients (37.5 per cent) of patients studied Although endoscopic diagnosis does not appear possible in all cases, the present study demonstrates that NICE guidance to employ the lowest appropriate dose of PPI is followed

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