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Year : 2016  |  Volume : 3  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 122-125

Analysis of psychotropic drug sales in India

Consultant Psychiatrist 501, Yashoda Super Specialty Hospital, Nalgonda # Roads, Malakpet, Hyderabad-500 036, Telangana, India

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Gopala Sarma Poduri
Rtd. Prof. & HOD of Psychiatry, Consultant Psychiatrist 501, Highlight Haveli, Yashoda Super Specialty Hospital Street No.6, Nalgonda # Roads Habsiguda, Hyderabad-500036
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.5530/ami.2016.1.26

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Objective: To assess the pattern of sales of Psychotropic drugsin India over a period of thirty-six months. Methods: Psychotropic sales by rupees and units over a thirty-six month period were analysed in relation to estimated patient population and population taking treatment. Results: There was an increase in per capita sales over the years. Even though there was a progressive increase in sale amount in all drugs, unit-wise there was a continuous decline in Antipsychotics (AP) and Anxiolytics (AA) in final year. Conventional AP though declining, have substantial share in sales. Similarly older AD accounted for substantial sales. Limitations: Lack of different strengths of various drugs in unitshindered a finer and meaningful analysis. Conclusions: There was a mismatch between need and use of Psychotropic drugs Recommended: Analysis of individual drugs unit-wise to get a view of pattern of use in different parts of the country.

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