NJBMS - Volume 7, Issue 4, April - June 2017

Pages: 235-239

Evaluation of Awareness and Attitude Towards Pharmacovigilance Among Clinicians in A Tertiary Care Hospital

Author: Pauline Packiaseeli. S, Ashok Kumar. T

Category: Pharmacology

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Introduction: Under-reporting of ADRs is very common. Healthcare professionals need to be motivated regarding ADR reporting. Hence this study is aimed at evaluating the awareness and practice of medical faculties regarding pharmacovigilance.

Objectives: Primary objective: To evaluate the awareness of pharmacovigilance among medical faculties.Secondary objective: To assess the attitude and practice of ADR reporting among medical faculties.

Materials and Methods: The clinicians were asked to fill up a prepared Questionnaire. The results were analyzed by calculation of percentages.

Results : Only 36% of the respondents knew that doctors, nurses, pharmacists and physiotherapists can report ADRs. 64% of the clinicians answered correctly that events related to all such as herbals, traditional medicines, blood products, medical devices and vaccines to be registered.42% of them knew that ADR due to new drugs, new ADR to drugs already in use, common known adverse events of old drugs, any suspected ADR, the cause may be unknown, any drug interactions, death due to drug interactions and congenital anomalies, all should be reported. 36% of them said no only to common known adverse events of old drugs. 13% of the individuals said no to congenital anomalies.42% of them knew that there is an ADR reporting center in their Institution and 12% of them have reported ADRs to that center.

Conclusion: Under reporting of ADRs is mainly due to lack of adequate knowledge and practice in filling up the ADR reporting form. This will be rectified shortly, by organizing CME programs, workshops and seminars in our Institution.

Keywords: ADR reporting, knowledge, awareness, practice, clinicians, Tertiary care hospital.

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