Analysis of Patient's Knowledge of the Prescribed Drug and Awareness of General Population Regarding Package Insert: A Cross Sectional Survey

Asian Journal of Pharmaceutical and Health Sciences,2012,2,4,513-516.
Published:November 2012
Type:Research Article
Author(s) affiliations:

Kamalpreet Kaur1*, Harminder Singh2, Kiranpreet Kaur3, Bikramdeep Singh4, Garima Mittal5

1Assistant Professor, Department of Pharmacology, GGSMCH Faridkot, Punjab, India.

2Associate Professor, Department of Pharmacology, GGSMCH Faridkot

3Demonstrator, Department of Pharmacology, GGSMCH Faridkot, Punjab, India.

4Department of Surgery, Civil hospital, Badal, Punjab, India. 

5Assistant Professor, Department of Microbiology, HIMS, Dehradoon, Uttarakhand, India.


There can be various ways of communicating the important aspects of medication to the patients, one of which is package insert. Is this transcript really serving the purpose in Indian population. Our survey evaluates patient's knowledge of the prescribed drug regimen and scores for the same and also highlights different issues of Package Inserts (PI) from the patient's perspective. This was a cross sectional, open label, time bound study. Majority (68%) of patients were occasional readers (read it sometimes) of PI with only 12% of total who read the given information completely. Chronic disease sufferers had a greater knowledge (79.8%) as compared to those coming for the treatment of minor ailments ( 44%). It can be a potential source of information provided its amended keeping in point the need of the society\.

Percentage of population reading package insert