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Year : 2022  |  Volume : 14  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 31-37

Teaching pharmacovigilance to undergraduate students: Our experience in poor-resource setting

1 Section of Clinical Pharmacy, Faculty of Pharmacy, Aden University, Aden, Yemen
2 Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry, Faculty of Pharmacy, Aden University, Aden, Yemen
3 Department of Pharmacology and Clinical Pharmacology, Medical Institute, Belgorod National Research University, Belgorod, Russia
4 AL-Marfady Dental Center, Almansourah, Aden, Yemen
5 Department of Pharmacy and Practice, College of Pharmacy, QU Health, Qatar University, Doha, Qatar

Correspondence Address:
Prof. Mohamed Izham Mohamed Ibrahim
Department of Clinical Pharmacy and Practice, College of Pharmacy, QU Health, Qatar University, Doha
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/jpbs.JPBS_532_20

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Using medicines associated with adverse drug reactions (ADRs) might cause serious health complications. The pharmacist plays a unique role in monitoring ADRs, either by themselves or with the assistance of other health-care professionals, to diminish the hazards of ADRs by distinguishing, reporting, and evaluating any proposed ADRs. To train future pharmacists who have adequate knowledge of ADRs and related aspects, it is highly recommended to introduce the WHO-ISoP pharmacovigilance (PV) in the core curriculum. In this article, we shared the suggested curriculum in Aden University. It is based on comprehensive outlines and reference books that offer a broad view of all aspects related to PV. A brief student course evaluation was carried out. Fifty students participated in the survey. Students expressed the importance of the course and indicated that they wanted to know more about the types of ADRs and common medication errors. Some of them lacked an understanding of the causal relationship between ADRs and risk assessment and not familiar with the reporting forms. They suggested for PV awareness programs for health-care staff and public. The curriculum should be tailored according to the country's needs because each country has its own medication safety issues and PV program. To reach the ultimate objective, this article reports the initiative to develop PV proficiencies in a university setting.

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