Pharmacovigilance - Who Should Lead? Doctor of Pharmacy or Doctor

Naik, Anantha Nagappa and Chugh, Rishabh and Chauhan, Janki and Priyendu, Asim (2014) Pharmacovigilance - Who Should Lead? Doctor of Pharmacy or Doctor. The Pharma Review. pp. 48-52.

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The objective of Pharmacovigilance is to identify early signals of drug toxicity and alert the regulators so that an appropriate policy is updated as per the need of public health. Doctor of Pharmacy is a recent entry into the healthcare system of India. The Pharm.D also known as clinical pharmacists are responsible for all the issues relating to medicine from manufacture to usage. Their professional activity includes ward rounds, bedside teaching, management of ward pharmacy, patient counselling, drug and poison information centre along with ADR management. The pharmacovigilance is a part of ADR management in which the ADR is documented and reported to repository of Pharmacovigilance. Recently, there is a debate in mass media by doctors raising the question of suitability of Pharm.D in the leadership role of Pharmacovigilance program. In this article, we try to compare the aspects of management of ADR reporting and the logistics as well as conflict of interest issues arising by a practicing doctor as a pharm covigilance reporting officer. Finally, we try to convince why doctor of pharmacy is a natural leader to run a pharmacovigilance program meaningfully and successfully.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Pharmacy > MCOPS Manipal > Pharmacy Management
Depositing User: KMC Manipal
Date Deposited: 07 May 2014 11:07
Last Modified: 07 May 2014 11:07

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