Pharmacy World and Science

, Volume 15, Issue 3, pp 128–131 | Cite as

The use of hypoglycaemic and cardiovascular drugs in 582 patients with diabetes mellitus

Description and quality assessment
  • G. Van den Brink
  • R. R. H. Schwartzenberg
  • L. L. H. Hoeve
  • A. J. Porsius


The medication of 582 patients taking insulin or oral hypoglycaemic agents has been analysed. A characterization is given of the patients and their. antidiabetic medication. Subsequently, a description of the use of cardiovascular drugs, in comparison with an age-matched control group, is presented. The diabetic population investigated has an average age of 67 years. Most cardiovascular agents, with the exception of thiazide diuretics, are used to a larger extent in the diabetic group in comparison with the control group. Non-selectiveβ-blockers, possibly hazardous in patients with diabetes mellitus, appear to be prescribed without restriction in the diabetic patients investigated. The results of this study suggest that the choice of drugs for the treatment of cardiovascular co-morbidity in patients with diabetes mellitus can be improved.


Adrenergic beta receptor blockaders Cardiovascular agents Diabetes mellitus Drug utilization Quality of health care 


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© Royal Dutch Association for the Advancement of Pharmacy 1993

Authors and Affiliations

  • G. Van den Brink
    • 1
  • R. R. H. Schwartzenberg
    • 1
  • L. L. H. Hoeve
    • 2
  • A. J. Porsius
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Pharmacotherapy, Faculty of PharmacyUniversity of UtrechtTB UtrechtThe Netherlands
  2. 2.Health Fund Pharmacy “Ziekenzorg”GE UtrechtThe Netherlands

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