A continuing medical education programme for health professionals of NEIGRIHMS was organised on Adverse Drug Reactions (ADR) and Pharmacovigilance in April and May.
The programme was organised by the Adverse Drug Reactions (ADR) Monitoring Centre, Department of Pharmacology, NEIGRIHMS to sensitize and disseminate information to health professionals about adverse drug reactions (ADR) and the importance of spontaneous ADR reporting.
NEIGRIHMS Director Prof. Nalin Mehta highlighted the importance of pharmacovigilance in ensuring the safety of patients. He said that ADRs are preventable most of the time, and with the help of pharmacovigilance, we can ensure safe use of medicines and vaccines, which will augment the patient safety.
Additional Professor, Department of Pharmacology Dr. D.K. Brahma gave an introductory talk on the theme of the CME, “Adverse Drug Reaction and Pharmacovigilance. He stressed on the importance of spontaneous reporting of ADRs.
Senior Resident Doctor, Department of Pharmacology, Dr. Reuben P. Syiem discussed the history of pharmacovigilance, the different types of ADRs, and the reasons for under reporting of ADRs. He also stressed on the need to increase ADR reporting awareness among healthcare professionals and patients.
A hands-on training program was also conducted by Dr. Melambha Surong, Pharmacovigilance Associate, Department of Pharmacology. During this session, the participants were asked to fill out an ADR reporting form based on a clinical case on suspected adverse drug reaction.
The programme was organized as part of the Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav.
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