THE AWARENESS OF PHARMACOVIGILANCE AMONG MEDICAL PRACTITIONERS IN GOVERNMENT HOSPITAL OF HYDERABAD, PAKISTAN

M. I. ARAIN, M. A. GHOTO, A. DAYO, K. ANWAR, R. PARVEEN, A. QURESHI

Abstract


Objective: To evaluate the awareness/knowledge of Pharmacovigilance/ADRs among medical practitioners in government hospital of Hyderabad, Pakistan.
Methodology: A survey based descriptive study was conducted randomly among 120 practitioners of all outpatient and inpatient departments of government hospital of Hyderabad for a period of 06 months, which was based on questionnaire for evaluating the basic awareness/knowledge related with adverse drug reactions with their written informed consent.
Results: Out of 120 prescribers, 75% were responded the questionnaire and majority were belonged to male gender i.e. 62.22%. Among responded samples only 22.22% (n=20) were know the word ‘pharmacovigilance’, 35.55% (n=32) know that how to report adverse drug reactions (ADRs), while 73.33% (n=66) were not asked any question about ADRs from patients and 64.44% (n=58) of the prescribers don’t know about reporting of ADRs to the concerned authorities.
Conclusion: Pharmacovigilance or Adverse drug reaction is one of the important parameter of safety of medicine and also a prime objective of rational therapy. So it was concluded that a refresher and CME programs were conducted on urgent basis to give the knowledge related ADRs for proper detection and reporting to the concerned department, further there is also need for proper interaction between a patient and health care providers for the betterment of life of a patients and to reduce the chances of undesirable drug effects.


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