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Table 1 Frequency of medication classes prescribed for hospitalized children in Jimma University Specialized Hospital

From: Adverse drug events in hospitalized children at Ethiopian University Hospital: a prospective observational study

Codeb Medication class Frequency of prescription (N = 2072), %
AI.000 Anti-infective medicines 1330 (64.2)
NS.000 Central nervous system medicines 206 (9.9)
VT.000 Vitamins 158 (7.6)
CV.000 Cardiovascular medicines 103 (5.0)
RE.000 Respiratory medicines 66 (3.3)
ED.000 Medicines used in endocrine disorders 66 (3.3)
OP.000 Ophthalmic agents 30 (1.5)
BL.000 Blood products and medicines affecting the blood 28 (1.4)
DE.000 Dermatological agents 25 (1.2)
GI.000 Gastrointestinal medicines 20 (1.0)
AL.000 Antihistamines and anti-allergic medicines 10 (0.5)
MS.000 Medicines used in musculoskeletal and joint diseases 5 (0.2)
-------- Othersa 25 (1.2)
  1. aOther includes calcium gluconate, calvitalis® (consisted of calcium and other 9 vitamins), magnesium sulfate, etc
  2. bCode given is based on Pharmacologic – Therapeutic classification scheme used in the list of medicines in Ethiopia, 2010 [37]; this schematic classification is analogous to ATC codes employed elsewhere