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NJBMS - Volume 1, Issue 4, April - June 2011

Pages: 221-224
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AWARENESS OF PHARMACOVIGILANCE AMONG DOCTORS INCLUDING POSTGRADUATE STUDENTS IN A TEACHING HOSPITAL

Author: PRIESTLY VIVEKKUMAR .S , SUDHARSAN .B

Category: Pharmacology

Abstract:

Aims & Objectives :

To study the awareness of pharmacovigilance among doctors and postgraduate students in a tertiary care institution and to evaluate the knowledge and attitude of doctors and postgraduate students to adverse drug reaction reporting.

Materials & Methods:

107 doctors including postgraduates working in Vinayaka Mission Medical College Hospital, Karaikal were evaluated with a questionnaire for their knowledge and attitudes to ADR reporting. The questionnaire sought the demographics of the doctors, their knowledge and attitudes to ADR reporting, the factors that they perceived may influence ADR reporting, and their levels of education and training on ADR reporting. Provision was also made for suggestions on the possible ways to improve ADR reporting.

Results :

37% of respondents considered doctors as the ideal health professionals to report ADRs. Only 2.8% of the respondents knew about the existence of Regional Pharmacovigilance Centre (RPC) at JIPMER,Poncicherry. 15.9% respondents were aware of the 'Suspected ADR reporting form' but only 1.9% had ever reported ADRs to the RPC. 22.4% of respondents felt that ADR reporting should be made compulsory for it to be effective. Education and trainingwas the most recognised means of improving ADR reporting.

Conclusion :

The knowledge of ADRs is adequate but attitude towards reporting ADR is not satisfactory mainly due to lack of awareness about the reporting form and Pharmovigilance centres. More awareness should be created on the 'Suspected ADR reporting form' .Continuing medical education, training and integration of ADR reporting into the clinical activities of the doctors would likely improve reporting.

Keywords: A D R - adverse reaction , Pharmacovigilance, RPC-regional pharmacovigilancecentre, SuspectedADRreporting form.