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Report adverse drug reactions: FDA to doctors, hospitals

Nagpur: The Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Nagpur, has issued a letter to the government, semi-government and private doctors, hospitals and health departments to report cases of adverse drug reactions (ADR) observed in any patient to enable early sampling, testing and corrective measures.

The drug regulatory authority has urged stakeholders to report ADR either to them or directly upload details on the website of the Indian Pharmacopoeia Commission (IPC) (IPC.gov.in).

The IPC has undertaken a special initiative as a part of the second National Pharmacovigilance Week (September 17 and 23) to raise awareness about ADR. It had urged drug regulatory authorities across the states to alert the stakeholders regarding the need to report ADR for corrective, preventive and analytical measures. The plan was conceptualized and implemented under the Pharmacovigilance Programme of India (PPI).

Jt commissioner, drugs, FDA Viraj Paunikar said that senior officials like a civil surgeon, district health officers and so on have been approached to ensure the health infrastructure, facilities and professionals working under them are sensitive about reporting ADR.

“We have taken meeting of stakeholders to create alertness regarding ADR and significance of reporting,” said Paunikar adding that citizens must contact their doctors about drug reactions and seek guidance.

The official said the motive of the exercise is to ensure the drugs and health care services are improved through studies and research. “Early reporting would help in quick sampling and other analysis,” said Paunikar.

Dr Anup Marar, convenor of Vidarbha Hospitals Association (VHA), said reporting ADR was perhaps ignored earlier. “Reporting ADR is a technically good move for bettering health services and curtailing adverse outcomes,” he said.

According to him, during Covid, it had been possible to report one such case from different hospitals due to regular interactions.

Hetal Thakkar, secretary, Nagpur Druggist and Chemist Association, said retailers have been alert about drug reactions. “Retailers generally alerted the pharmaceutical company’s dealers and distributors. We will also create awareness now among our members and share information with them,” said Thakkar.

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