Evaluation of Drug Interactions and Prescription Errors of Poultry Veterinarians in North of Iran

Document Type: Original Paper

Authors

1 Department of Clinical Sciences, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Tabriz, Tabriz, Iran.

2 Iran Veterinary Organization, Mazandaran, Iran.

3 Department of Clinical Sciences, Faculty of Veterinary medicine, University of Shiraz, Shiraz, Iran.

Abstract

Drug prescription errors are a common cause of adverse incidents and may lead to adverse outcomes, sometimes in subtle ways, being compounded by circumstances or further errors. Therefore, it is important that veterinarians issue the correct drug at the correct dose. Using two or more prescribed drugs may lead to drug interactions. Some drug interactions are very harmful and may have potential threats to the patient's health that is called antagonism. In a survey study, medication errors of 750 prescriptions, including dosage errors and drug interactions were studied. The results indicated that 20.8% of prescriptions had at least one drug interaction. The most interactions were related to antibiotics (69.1%), Sulfonamides (46.7%), Methenamine (46.7%) and Florfenicol (20.2%). Analysis of dosage errors indicated that total drugs consumed by broilers in the summer are more than winter seasons. Based on these results, avoiding medication errors are important in the balanced prescribing of drugs and regular education of veterinary practitioners in a certain interval is needed.

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Please cite this article as: Madadi MS, Bojmehrani H & Azari M. 2014. Evaluation of drug interactions and prescription errors of poultry veterinarians in north of Iran. Poult. Sci. J. 2 (1): 25-35.