Prescribing trends of glaucoma drugs in six major cities of China from 2013 to 2017

Autoři: Lingyan Yu aff001;  Kai Ding aff001;  Lifang Luo aff001;  Zhenwei Yu aff002
Působiště autorů: Department of Pharmacy, Second Affiliated Hospital, College of Medicine, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, Zhejiang, China aff001;  Department of Pharmacy, Sir Run Run Shaw Hospital, College of Medicine, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, Zhejiang, China aff002
Vyšlo v časopise: PLoS ONE 15(1)
Kategorie: Research Article



To evaluate the prescribing trends of glaucoma drugs in six major cities of China from 2013 to 2017.


A descriptive analysis using pharmacy prescription data was conducted. Outpatient prescription data was extracted from the Hospital Prescription Analysis Cooperative Project. Prescribing patterns, trends of visits, and corresponding expenditures for glaucoma medications were analyzed.


A total of 84297 ambulatory prescriptions were included in the current study. Visits by glaucoma patients increased from 13808 in 2013 to 20060 in 2017. Over the same period, the yearly expenditure for glaucoma drugs increased from 2.33 million to 3.95 million Chinese Yuan (CNY). Among all the six classes of glaucoma drugs (prostaglandin analogues, carbonic anhydrase inhibitors, α-receptor agonists, β-receptor antagonists, cholinergic agonists and fixed combinations), β-receptor antagonists were the most commonly prescribed in 2013, accounting for 34.3% of patients, but gradually decreased to 27.1% in 2017. Prostaglandin analogues became the most frequently prescribed drugs in 2017, accounting for 30.2% of the visits. Prostaglandin analogues are the most expensive and yielded a total expenditure of 2.34 million CNY in 2017, followed by carbonic anhydrase inhibitors, α-receptor agonists, β-receptor antagonists, fixed combinations, and cholinergic agonists. Combination therapy became increasingly prescribed in 2017.


Glaucoma prescribing practices exhibited substantial changes over the study period. The number of glaucoma prescriptions continuously increased from 2013 to 2017, leading to increased prescription costs. These findings implied a similar trend observed in previous studies, as well as recommendations in the appropriate guidelines.

Klíčová slova:

Adverse reactions – Drug therapy – Glaucoma – Cholinergics – Intraocular pressure – Outpatients – Prostaglandin – Carbonic anhydrases


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