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Possibility of Drug-Drug Interaction through Prescription Analysis at the National Institute of Cardiovascular Disease (NICVD), Bangladesh

Mohammad Borhan Uddin1, NiluferYeasmin Nipa1, Shamim Ahmed1, Bushra Haider1, Shakura Binte Hasan1 and Abu Yousuf2*

1Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, North South University, Dhaka-1229, Bangladesh
2Faculty of Engineering Technology, University Malaysia Pahang, Kuantan-26300, Malaysia
*Corresponding author: Abu Yousuf, Faculty of Engineering Technology, University Malaysia Pahang, Kuantan-26300, Malaysia, E-mail:
Received: 16 December, 2016 | Accepted: 29 December, 2016 | Published: 30 December, 2016
Keywords: Drug-drug interactions; Cardiovascular drug; Prescriptions; Health hazards; Adverse drug reactions

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Uddin MB, Nipa N, Ahmed S, Haider B, Hasan SB, et al. (2016) Possibility of Drug-Drug Interaction through Prescription Analysis at the National Institute of Cardiovascular Disease (NICVD), Bangladesh. Open J Pharmacol Pharmacother 2(1): 007-010. DOI: 10.17352/ojpp.000004

Introduction: Medicaments are the ultimate choice of treatment when lifestyle and diet changes are unable to serve the preventive strategy for cardiovascular diseases. Contradictorily, detrimental Drug–Drug Interactions (DDI) between cardiovascular drugs with the non-cardiovascular drugs may lead to alterations in the therapeutic responses, and pose a grave health concern leading to early morbidity and mortality.

Purpose: The main objective of this study was to find out drug-drug interactions of cardiovascular drugs with non-cardiovascular drugs and this study also took into account the pattern of prescriptions written by physicians especially cardiologists.

Methods: It was carried out on indoor cardiac patients of the National Institute of Cardiovascular Diseases (NICVD), Bangladesh. These prescriptions were collected over a period of three months and analyzed using Microsoft® Office and Microsoft® Excel 2007 software.

Results: Rigorous analysis revealed that the incidence of potential DDI with at least one interacting drug combination (56%) was the most frequent. A total of 14 potentially harmful drug interactions were identified. Clopidogrel-Omeprazole (33.47%), Clopidogrel-Esomeprazole (27.75%), Frusemide-Cephalosporin (10.62%), Atorvastatin-Vitamin B (7.76%) were the most frequent interacting pairs.

Conclusions: This study concludes that concomitant use of a proton pump inhibitor (omeprazole, esomeprazole) and clopidogrel increases the risk of myocardial infarction (MI). Combination treatment with gliclazide and aspirin has not proven efficient in controlling blood glucose level. Co-administration of frusemide and cephalosporin might increase the risk of nephrotoxicity. It also focuses on the point that proper therapeutic planning might reduce the possible interaction risk.


The complexity of drug therapy had increased with the increasing incidence of diverse disease states in patients. Owing to this, the risks and chances of Drug Drug Interaction (DDI) increases [1]. Negative drug reactions, drug-drug interactions, idiosyncratic reactions, and hypersensitivity reactions are the drug associated concerns that remained a major challenge in clinical practice [2]. Drug-Drug Interactions (DDIs) may affect pharmacokinetically or pharmacodynamically and overall lead to variations in the therapeutic response [3]. DDIs are estimated to be responsible of about 6-30% of all adverse drug reactions (ADRs), among which 2.8% ADR results in hospital admissions every year [4,5].

Worldwide the leading cause of death is due to cardiovascular diseases (CVDs). It is responsible for deaths in more than 17 million people in 2008, including death before the age of 60 in more than 3 million which could have been easily prevented. The several risk factors affiliated with CVDs include: raised blood pressure, obesity, high blood sugar, less physical activity, smoking, [6] family history of heart disease in Ethnic background etc. The more the risk factors, the higher is the chance of developing CVDs. However, patients with CVDs are the most susceptible for DDIs, the reasons being the number and type of drugs they take and the impact of heart diseases on drug metabolism [7]. These drugs are more often involved in DDIs and have a higher involvement as shown in studies conducted worldwide [3]. Drug-drug interactions with Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), cough and cold, migraine, weight loss medications etc. are common with cardiovascular drugs. For example, anticoagulant drugs such as aspirin and clopidogrel leading to recurrent infarction or bleeding is serious DDIs [8].

Some results of already done studies include 30.67% of potential drug interaction in hospitalized cardiac patients in India [9]. Another study shows more than one DDIs in 53% patients admitted to the Department of Internal Medicine, Nepal [10].

Despite having multiple disease states, prescriptions are written as if the patient has a single condition only and the cumulative effect of multiple clinical guidelines is not taken into account [11]. Hence, this study was conducted to evaluate the drug-drug interactions and prescription pattern of cardiologists among some patients admitted to the National Institute of Cardiovascular Diseases (NICVD), Bangladesh.

Methods and Materials

This randomized observational study was performed on the inpatients of the National Institute of Cardiovascular Diseases (NICVD), Bangladesh which is the pioneer and the largest cardiac institute in Bangladesh. It is situated in Sher-E-Bangla Nagar of Dhaka city.

The hundred prescriptions were chosen randomly from the inpatients of NICVD. These prescriptions were collected over a period of three months and analyzed. All of these patients, suffering from different cardiovascular diseases, were taking different cardiovascular and non-cardiovascular drugs concomitantly.


It is very essential to assess properly the risk-benefit ratio while combining interacting drugs otherwise it may cause mild to disastrous effect to the patients. This study was conducted to evaluate the pattern of drug-drug interactions (DDI) found in the prescription of the cardiac patients admitted in the biggest cardiac institute in Bangladesh. Table 1 includes names of all the cardiovascular and non-cardiovascular drugs prescribed to cardiac patients.


Prescribed drug interaction

In the present study, we have randomly collected 100 prescriptions of the inpatient who were admitted in that hospital. A total 28 different medicines were prescribed, among them 16 were cardiovascular drugs and 12 were non-cardiovascular drug. All drugs studied on this survey have been listed on the Table 1. All of these patients were suffering from cardiovascular diseases and they were different prescribed many cardiovascular along with some non-cardiovascular drug. Already several studies have shown that polypharmacy increases the chances of drug interactions [12-14].

Upon analysis, we found 10 out of 16 cardiovascular drugs found in this study shows drug interactions with non-cardiovascular drug. From Figure 1, 24% prescriptions were identified with no cardiovascular and non-cardiovascular drug interactions. On other hand, almost 56% of the prescription had at least one drug- drug interactions. They were mainly the antiplatelet-PPI interaction, diuretic-antibiotic, lipid lowering agent-vitamin. Prescriptions containing two DDI or three DDI were found in 12% and 7% respectively. Fortunately, very few prescriptions have four DDI i.e. about 1% only. The patients whose prescriptions were collected, age was between 45 to 67 years.

Effect of drug interaction

Table-2 shows the possible fifteen DDI pairs found on this survey. Most frequent DDI pair found was antiplatelet drugs and PPIs which was nearly 64% beside; it is one of the severe DDI which increases the likelihood of myocardial infarction (MI) hospitalization and death [15]. Clopidogrel and omeprazole DDI pair was found in 33.5% of the total prescriptions. Similarly, Clopidogrel and esomeprazole DDI pair was found in around 27.8% of the total prescriptions. Omeprazole and esomeprazole when used concomitantly with clopidogrel, it lowers the therapeutic activity of clopidogrel [25]. Various pharmacodynamic laboratory testsclaimed that the omeprazole and esomeprazole interacts with clopidogrel by competitive inhibition of the CYP2C19 isoenzyme.

Furosemide, which is a diuretics and cephalosporin, was the second most prevalent DDI pair present in 10.6% of the total prescriptions. Cephalosporin itself has nephrotoxic nature. In addition, a study illustrate that the furosemide decreases the clearance of cephalondine, first generation cephalosporin C, is reduced. In this report, furosemide (80 mg) found to prolong the serum half-life of cephalondine by 25%. Thus combined use of furosemide and cephalosporin exacerbates the cephalosporin induced nephrotoxicity [16].

Combination of lipid lowering drugs, atorvastatin, and vitamin B may develop myopathy and rhabdomyolysis [17]. However, this severe DDI pair was found in almost 8% of the total prescription. Another frequent DDI pair found was aspirin and calcium which decreases the efficacy of aspirin and this DDI has proven in a study earlier [17]. The incidence of this drug interaction was around 6%. Aspirin also interact with glicazide, an anti-diabetic drug, due to two features of aspirin – intrinsic glucose reducing effect and high affinity for plasma protein helps to displace the highly plasma protein bound drug like glicazide. This pharmacokinetic interaction may prevent efficient control of glucose in blood and potentiate the hypoglycemic action [18]. This DDI pair was present in approximately 3% of the total prescription.

Antibiotics like amoxicillin and moxifloxacin eliminate the intestinal flora that are responsible to produce vitamin K, and it also inhibit CYP450 enzyme which metabolizes warfarin. Consequently, high serum concentration of warfarin results excessive bleeding disorder. Occurrence of this DDI pair in the prescription was about 2%, around 1% for amoxicillin and 1% for moxifloxacin [19]. Total 2% were found with theophylline DDI. Among them nearly 1% was with metoprolol another 1% was with diltiazem. After the introduction of verapamil and nefidipine, toxicity of theophylline has been reported in many patients [20,21].

One of the DDI pair is nitrate and corticosteroids (2.0%).Nitrates results vasodilatation which give symptomatic relief from cardiovascular disease like angina. However, the hypotensive effect due to the vasodilatation could be counteracted by the concomitant administration of corticosteroids [22]. Another drug interaction of nitrates can be possible with paracetamol. Paracetamol, similarly like NSAIDs, reduce the activity of sublingual nitrate because dry mouth could not dissolve the drug properly [23]. Ramipril and losartan interact with paracetamol (2.0%) to worsen the renal function [24]. Other DDI pair found less frequently i.e. nearly 1% of the total prescriptions. However, the DDI was identified by the mechanism of action of the drugs present in the prescriptions not by their clinical occurrences.


This study concludes that some cardiovascular drug give severe drug-drug interaction with some non-cardiovascular drug. Thus, our study shows the frequent severe interacting pairs, which might results major serious health hazards. Concomitant use of a proton pump inhibitor (omeprazole, esomeprazole) and clopidogrel increases the risk of MI. Combination treatment with gliclazide and aspirin has not proven efficient in controlling blood glucose level. Co-administration of Furosemide and cephalosporin might increase the risk of nephrotoxicity. Moxifloxacin and amoxicillin interfere with warfarin’s metabolism. Aspirin interact with calcium results decreased anticoagulant effectiveness due to reduced drug absorption. Nearly, most of the DDI obtained from the prescriptions, seemed to exacerbate the cardiovascular disease condition via increased MI hospitalization and excessive bleeding problems. Besides that, some of the DDI are likely to develop the comorbid conditions by resulting renal dysfunction. Additionally, few of the DDI eliminates the therapeutic effect of the medications owing to pharmacokinetic interactions. It also highlights that proper therapeutic planning might reduce the possible drug interactions. It is already proven that deficiency of true role of pharmacist in less developed countries; the chances of adverse effects are higher [25]. So, introducing pharmacists could be way to minimize this problem.

Authors are grateful to the National Institute of Cardiovascular Diseases (NICVD). We also wish to express our sincere gratitude to our Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, and North South University for optimistic support while carrying out this study.

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