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Article: Benzodiazepine prescribing trend after its inclusion as a dangerous drug under the Hong Kong Dangerous Drugs Ordinance
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TitleBenzodiazepine prescribing trend after its inclusion as a dangerous drug under the Hong Kong Dangerous Drugs Ordinance
 
AuthorsChung, KF1
 
KeywordsAnti-anxiety agents
benzodiazepine
Benzodiazepines
Drug control
Prescription drug
 
Issue Date1997
 
PublisherHong Kong Medical Association. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.hkmj.org/resources/supp.html
 
CitationHong Kong Medical Journal, 1997, v. 3 n. 1, p. 16-20 [How to Cite?]
 
AbstractSince January 1992, all benzodiazepines have been classified as dangerous drugs under the Dangerous Drugs Ordinance in Hong Kong. This legislative provision requires medical practitioners and pharmacists to keep a detailed record of their prescriptions of benzodiazepines. The present study looks at the impact of the provision on prescribing trends in the Hong Kong population and in a general psychiatric clinic. A comparison of the 1991 (baseline level) and 1994 figures reveals a 50% and a 10% reduction in the average yearly number of benzodiazepine prescriptions per person in the Hong Kong population and in the general psychiatric clinic, respectively. In particular, triazolam prescriptions had the greatest reduction. The findings are discussed in light of the possible changes of prescribing practice by medical practitioners after the new legislative provision came into effect.
 
ISSN1024-2708
2012 SCImago Journal Rankings: 0.255
 
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dc.date.accessioned2007-10-30T06:22:25Z
 
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dc.description.abstractSince January 1992, all benzodiazepines have been classified as dangerous drugs under the Dangerous Drugs Ordinance in Hong Kong. This legislative provision requires medical practitioners and pharmacists to keep a detailed record of their prescriptions of benzodiazepines. The present study looks at the impact of the provision on prescribing trends in the Hong Kong population and in a general psychiatric clinic. A comparison of the 1991 (baseline level) and 1994 figures reveals a 50% and a 10% reduction in the average yearly number of benzodiazepine prescriptions per person in the Hong Kong population and in the general psychiatric clinic, respectively. In particular, triazolam prescriptions had the greatest reduction. The findings are discussed in light of the possible changes of prescribing practice by medical practitioners after the new legislative provision came into effect.
 
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2012 SCImago Journal Rankings: 0.255
 
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dc.subjectAnti-anxiety agents
 
dc.subjectbenzodiazepine
 
dc.subjectBenzodiazepines
 
dc.subjectDrug control
 
dc.subjectPrescription drug
 
dc.titleBenzodiazepine prescribing trend after its inclusion as a dangerous drug under the Hong Kong Dangerous Drugs Ordinance
 
dc.typeArticle
 
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Author Affiliations
  1. The University of Hong Kong