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Prevalence & Prescription: Prescribing practices of clozapine in Australia between 2005 & 2010

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Abstract


  • Clozapine is an anti-psychotic used to treat refractory schizophrenia. This study reviews the rates of clozapine prescription for refractory schizophrenia in a region of Australia and compares the prescribing patterns to the estimated prevalence rates of refractory schizophrenia in the region. Utilising a pharmacoepidemiological approach; the results indicated that only 8.4% of the individuals estimated to be suffering from refractory schizophrenia in the region were prescribed clozapine between 2005 and 2010, with only 4.1% continuing clozapine to the conclusion of the study. In conclusion it is evident that clozapine is widely under-prescribed in this area of Australia.

UOW Authors


  •   Vella, Shae-Leigh (external author)
  •   Pai, Nagesh

Publication Date


  • 2012

Citation


  • Vella, S. C. & Pai, N. B. (2012). Prevalence & Prescription: Prescribing practices of clozapine in Australia between 2005 & 2010. Online Journal of Health and Allied Sciences, 11 (1), 1-2.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-84861670241

Ro Full-text Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1289&context=medpapers

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/medpapers/285

Number Of Pages


  • 1

Start Page


  • 1

End Page


  • 2

Volume


  • 11

Issue


  • 1

Place Of Publication


  • http://www.ojhas.org/issue41.htm

Abstract


  • Clozapine is an anti-psychotic used to treat refractory schizophrenia. This study reviews the rates of clozapine prescription for refractory schizophrenia in a region of Australia and compares the prescribing patterns to the estimated prevalence rates of refractory schizophrenia in the region. Utilising a pharmacoepidemiological approach; the results indicated that only 8.4% of the individuals estimated to be suffering from refractory schizophrenia in the region were prescribed clozapine between 2005 and 2010, with only 4.1% continuing clozapine to the conclusion of the study. In conclusion it is evident that clozapine is widely under-prescribed in this area of Australia.

UOW Authors


  •   Vella, Shae-Leigh (external author)
  •   Pai, Nagesh

Publication Date


  • 2012

Citation


  • Vella, S. C. & Pai, N. B. (2012). Prevalence & Prescription: Prescribing practices of clozapine in Australia between 2005 & 2010. Online Journal of Health and Allied Sciences, 11 (1), 1-2.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-84861670241

Ro Full-text Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1289&context=medpapers

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/medpapers/285

Number Of Pages


  • 1

Start Page


  • 1

End Page


  • 2

Volume


  • 11

Issue


  • 1

Place Of Publication


  • http://www.ojhas.org/issue41.htm