Evaluation of Recent Trends of Prescribing Herbal Drugs among the Prescribers; a Pilot Study

Shah Fahad Khan, Rafatullah Khan, Abdul Wahab Qureshi, Sujjad Zaman, Zaheer Ullah Afnan Khan, Shahid Ullah


The aim of the study was to evaluate the recently launched trends in the prescribers towards prescribing of herbal medicines to their patients. In this research activity a group of 50 such medical prescribers were randomly evaluated. Each member of the group used to prescribe an average of atleast ten patients on daily basis and belonged to the Bannu District of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. 45 members showed their consent to participate in this study. Now the prescriptions of each of these members of selected group were monitored for thirty different days throughout a complete calendar year, starting from June 1, 2016 till May 31, 2017. All the medicines recorded in those prescriptions were recorded and were translated to their generic names in order to make their identity crystal clear. Among the prescribed medications, the percentage of herbal drug was recorded. Results were presented by applying statistical tool (SPSS). A clear picture of tendencies and trends of inclusion of herbal medicines in the prescriptions among the prescribers of District Bannu was produced. Results revealed that 14 (31%) members did not prescribe a single herbal drug in the entire session of survey. 31 members (69%) prescribed atleast one herbal drug among all the drugs prescribed by them which showed a huge extent of prescribers to be engaged in prescribing of herbal drugs. Among these 31 members, 23 members prescribed herbal drugs at an average rate of 1 herbal drug per every five prescriptions which is 74 % of all prescribers involved with herbal prescriptions and 51% of the total number of members engaged in that particular study. 5 members (11% of total members) prescribed one herbal drug per every 3 prescriptions. 2 members showed a huge tendencies towards prescribing of herbal drugs as atleast one herbal drug was observed in every second prescriptions suggested by them to their patients for different ailments. These recordings and results reveal that prescribers of the said area are going to be engaged heavily in prescribing of herbal drugs due to one or the other reason. Unfortunately, there is not much quality control checkup legalized for the production as well as the prescription of these drugs available up to the sufficient level. In other words a huge number of patients are going to use those chemical entities in the form of herbal medicines whose quality is questionable..

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International Journal of Basic Medical Sciences and Pharmacy (IJBMSP): ISSN: 2049-4963