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Over two years, 262 patients on domiciliary treatment were studied for drug default. 57 were regular (21.7%) in drug taking 205 (78.3%) were defaulters. Amonst the defaulters, 73.4% of cases were males. There was no significant difference in prevalence rate of defaulters belonging to joint (70.6%) or unitary (72.6%) families. Illiterates (77.4%) formed the major bulk of defaulters. Poverty (80.2%) was the main factor in irregularity of taking the drugs, even though 66.9% of cases had multiple causes for being a defaulter. Retrieval action did not produce any appreciable response.