TITLE

MEDICAMENTOS UTILIZADOS PARA TRASTORNOS COGNITIVOS ANÁLISIS DE UN MILLÓN Y MEDIO DE PRESCRIPCIONES EN LA ARGENTINA

AUTHOR(S)
ROJAS, GALENO; DEMEY, IGNACIO; ARIZAGA, RAÚL L.
PUB. DATE
May 2013
SOURCE
Medicina (Buenos Aires);2013, Vol. 73 Issue 3, p213
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
Drugs used for cognitive impairment. Analysis of 1.5 million prescriptions in Argentina. Cognitive impairment and dementia treatment costs are significant for health systems. According to national and international guidelines, recommended drugs for treatment of dementias are cholinesterase inhibitors (donepezil, galantamine, rivastigmine) and memantine. Despite these guidelines recommendations, other nootropics, vasodilators and antioxidants are often used in Argentina. The purpose of this study was to describe and compare the prescription pattern of commonly used drugs for the treatment of cognitive disorders and dementia in different regions of Argentina. An observational, retrospective study of 1 814 108 recipes prescribed to National Institute of Social Services for Retired and Pensioners outpatients during the during the second half of 2008 and the first and second half of 2009 was performed, taking in count the whole country and also different Argentina´s regions. Demographic variables, quantity and rate of prescriptions, dosage forms and strengths were analyzed. Considering the entire country, memantine was the most prescribed drug in these periods (570 893 packages). An increase in the memantine, donepezil, rivastigmine and idebenone rates of prescription was observed. Prescription rate of memantine increased in the North-West and North-East regions, that of idebenone in the North-East region and Patagonia and donepezil in the North-East region. Non recommended drugs were highly prescribed in all the analyzed regions. Some of them were indicated to young and middle-aged patients.
ACCESSION #
88460051

 

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