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J Med Syst. 2018 Sep 13;42(10):198. doi: 10.1007/s10916-018-1061-z.

Effect of providing drug utilization review information on tricyclic antidepressant prescription in the elderly.

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1
Korea Institute of Drug Safety and Risk Management, 30, Burim-ro, 169beon-gil, Dongan-gu, Anyang-si, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea.
2
Korea Institute of Drug Safety and Risk Management, 30, Burim-ro, 169beon-gil, Dongan-gu, Anyang-si, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea. smshin@drugsafe.or.kr.

Abstract

Tricyclic antidepressants are known as potentially inappropriate medications in the elderly. A notification issued in July 2015 in South Korea recommended caution while prescribing tricyclic antidepressants to the elderly. Further, since October 2015, the nationwide computerized drug utilization review monitoring system provides a pop-up window, on a real-time basis, whenever tricyclic antidepressants are prescribed to elderly outpatients. Therefore, we evaluated whether providing drug utilization review information was effective in reducing tricyclic antidepressant prescription to elderly outpatients. We used the Health Insurance Review and Assessment Service-Adult Patient Sample data from 2014 to 2016. Data related to the prescription of tricyclic antidepressants to outpatients aged 65 years or more were extracted. We determined the number of prescriptions per day per 100,000 elderly patients in each month, compared the average number of prescriptions before and after the drug utilization review information was provided, and evaluated the changes in the number of prescriptions by using an interrupted time series analysis. The average number of tricyclic antidepressant prescriptions per day per 100,000 elderly patients decreased from 76.6 (75.5 to 77.6) to 65.7 (64.5 to 66.9), a 14.2% reduction after the provision of drug utilization review information started. Following initiation of provision of drug utilization review information, there was an immediate drop of 9.2 tricyclic antidepressant prescriptions per day per 100,000 elderly patients, whereas there was no statistically significant change in trends. Providing the drug utilization review information on tricyclic antidepressant prescription for the elderly contributed to the reduction in tricyclic antidepressant prescriptions.

KEYWORDS:

Depression; Drug utilization review; Elderly; Interrupted time series; Tricyclic antidepressant

PMID:
30215150
PMCID:
PMC6153773
DOI:
10.1007/s10916-018-1061-z
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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