Pharmaceutisch Weekblad

, Volume 14, Issue 5, pp 311–315 | Cite as

A drug use review study in patients with obstructive lung disease

Assessment of the quality of drug therapy
  • G. Van den Brink
  • C. W. Bollen
  • O. E. M. Van de Wall
  • L. J. J. Hoeve
  • A. J. Porsius


This study presents the results of an analysis of the pharmacy records of 778 patients with asthma or chronic obstructive lung diseases. The high percentage of patients taking oral corticosteroids was striking. Inhaledβ-agonists for use as needed have been prescribed to only a minority of patients using these agents. Only half of the patients onβ-agonists used inhaled corticosteroids prophylactically. Drug interactions capable of causing changes in plasma theophylline concentrations appeared in only a small number of patients. The results from studies like the one presented here can provide valuable data to be used for further discussion between physicians and pharmacists about rational drug therapy.


Adrenal cortex hormones Adrenergic beta receptor agonists Adrenergic beta receptor blockaders Contra-indications Dosage regimens Drug interactions Drug therapy Drug utilization Lung diseases, obstructive Quality control 


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© Royal Dutch Association for Advancement of Pharmacy 1992

Authors and Affiliations

  • G. Van den Brink
    • 1
  • C. W. Bollen
    • 1
  • O. E. M. Van de Wall
    • 1
  • L. J. J. Hoeve
    • 2
  • A. J. Porsius
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PharmacotherapyUniversity of UtrechtTB UtrechtThe Netherlands
  2. 2.Health Fund Pharmacy “Ziekenzorg,”GH UtrechtThe Netherlands

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