Malaria and respiratory tract infection sometimes co-exist compelling use of antibacterial and antimalarial drugs. Assessment of prescribing patterns avails us the opportunity of monitoring and if necessary, suggest modifications in prescribing practices of medical practitioners so as to make medical care rational and cost effective. A retrospective assessment of pattern of prescription at a government owned secondary health facility. The age, sex, the drugs prescribed to each patient were recorded and prescriptions involving cotrimoxazole were further analyzed. Antibacterial drugs were commonly prescribed being more commonly prescribed for male than female patients. Cotrimoxazole prescription accounted for about 1% only of the total 18075 and 6% of all antibacterial drugs used but was used in about 30% of all cases of respiratory tract infections requiring antibacterial drugs. Misuse of antibacterial agents and irrational drug combinations are not uncommon, there is need for regular education amongst health care providers in our area of study.
F.A. Fehintola, A.A. Ganiyu , O. Akinmusure , H.A. Oduntan and J.O. Adeyinka , 2006. Co-trimoxazole Prescription at the Outpatient Service of a Secondary Health Facility in Ibadan, Nigeria. Journal of Medical Sciences, 6: 416-419.