Pharmacovigilance Study: Awareness among Medical Students of a New Medical School of Malaysia

Abdullahi, Rabiu Abubakar and Simbak, Nordin and Haque , Mainul (2015) Pharmacovigilance Study: Awareness among Medical Students of a New Medical School of Malaysia. In: 2015 Golden Helix Symposium Next Generation Pharmacogenomics, 11-13 March 2015, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia .

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Objectives:Patients take medicine for the treatment of their illness. Drug is a double edge sword thus causes harm beside theirtherapeutic benefit. Pharmacovigilance program was designed to monitor and report the harmful effects of drugs after they are marketedfor use by the larger society. This research was aimed at assessing the medical students’ knowledge, attitude and practice with respect to adverse drug reaction (ADRs) and its surveillance. Material and Methods:The questionnaire was adopted, modified and validated from previous studies. It comprised of 25 questions (Knowledge-10, Attitude-7 and Practice-8). It was administered Year-IV and V medical students of UniSZA. The data collected was coded and analyzed using the SPSS version 20. Results:The response rate was 74%. Sixty-eight percent knows the definition of ADRs correctly; 59% of them recognized the right functions of pharmacovigilance. In contrast, only 21% know the method commonly used in adverse drug reactions reporting and only 15% are aware of any nearby pharmacovigilance center. Eighty-seven percent strongly agree that ADRs reporting is professional obligation; 98% think ADRs reporting will benefit patients. Ninety-four percenthave never received any training on how to report ADRs. In addition,72% have come across ADRs but avoided to contact appropriate authority. Conclusion:The overall medical students’ knowledge on ADRs and its surveillance was not enough; even though they had good attitudes their practice remained very poor. This has call for adjustment of medical students’ curriculum with respect to pharmacovigilance study

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Subjects: R Medicine > RM Therapeutics. Pharmacology
Faculty / Institute: Faculty of Medicine
Depositing User: Professor Dr Mainul Haque
Date Deposited: 08 Apr 2015 02:43
Last Modified: 08 Apr 2015 02:43

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