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Year : 2017  |  Volume : 49  |  Issue : 5  |  Page : 390-395

Pediatric pharmacovigilance in an institute of national importance: Journey has just begun

1 Department of Pharmacology, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India
2 Department of Pediatrics, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India
3 Department of Radio-Diagnosis, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Arup Kumar Misra
Department of Pharmacology, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Jodhpur, Rajasthan
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/ijp.IJP_256_17

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OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study is to determine the nature and severity of adverse drug reactions (ADRs) in pediatric patients. MATERIALS AND METHODS: In this retrospective cohort study, we extracted the data from all the available pediatric ADR forms submitted to ADR monitoring center (AMC) from May 2014 to December 2016. The data including nature, frequency, causality (World Health Organization [WHO] causality scale), and the severity (Hartwig and Siegel scale for severity) of ADR were extracted. We also assessed the preventability of the event on modified Schumock and Thornton scale of ADR preventability. RESULTS: There were a total of 20 pediatric ADRs reported during this period. Nearly two-thirds of the ADRs occurred in patients who were receiving multiple drugs (polytherapy). Antimicrobial agents were the most commonly implicated drugs. The most common ADRs were skin rash (maculopapular, erythematous, and urticaria, itching, etc.). The severity and preventability scales indicated that most reactions (18/20) were moderate in nature and all were preventable. Four reactions were “certainly” and ten ADRs were “probably” related to the suspected drug as determined by the WHO causality assessment. CONCLUSION: Frequency of ADR increased with number of medications patient was receiving. Health-care providers (HCPs) involved in the care of children must be aware of this fact and should use additional drugs when absolutely necessary. They should be involved in pharmacovigilance program by exchanging and updating each other through sharing constructive information, communication, and education concerning the appropriate use of drugs in children. Pediatric pharmacovigilance is the need of the hour and should be given utmost importance for monitoring the safety of drugs in children. Motivating HCPs for voluntary reporting of ADRs for preventing the morbidity and mortality in this vulnerable population could be of immense importance.


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