Review Article
Volume 4 Issue 3 - 2020
Drug Interactions Prevalence: A Review
Faisal Shakeel1* and Muhammad Aamir2
1Department of Clinical Pharmacy, University of Michigan College of Pharmacy, Ann Arbor, USA
2Department of Pharmacy, Sarhad University of Science and Information Technology, Peshawar, Pakistan
*Corresponding Author: Faisal Shakeel, Department of Clinical Pharmacy, University of Michigan College of Pharmacy, Ann Arbor, USA.
Received: November 26, 2019; Published: February 29, 2020


Aim: To study the prevalence of drug interactions in hospital settings and its comparison in various countries of the world by literature survey.

Method: A review was carried out of the articles published between 2003 and 2013. Various search terms with different combinations were used like Drug interactions, Prevalence, Hospital and ICU. 

Results: The percentage of interactions varied greatly between patients admitted in the critical units as compared to the patients admitted in general wards of the hospital from 70 - 73% potential drug interactions being reported in critical care units as compared to general wards having a maximum of upto 50% potential drug interactions. Also, there was seen a slight increase in the percentage of potential drug interactions at the time of discharge of patients from the hospitals as compared to those reported at the time of admission.

Conclusion: Many studies have been conducted on the prevalence of drug interactions with reports varying widely. Also, the incidence of drug interactions seems to be low in countries having advanced health care monitoring systems.

Keywords: Drug Interactions; ICU


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Citation: Faisal Shakeel and Muhammad Aamir. “Drug Interactions Prevalence: A Review”. EC Emergency Medicine and Critical Care 4.3 (2020): 01-07.

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