A cross sectional survey on the knowledge and attitude of Ayurvedic practitioners of Kerala towards Pharmacovigilance
Background: The popular perception of Ayurvedic medicines of being devoid of any adverse drug reaction is at stake. Owing to the increased industrialization in this field, there is an alarming increase in the rate of adverse drug reactions. To tackle these issues, National Pharmacovigilance Programme for AYUSH drugs was introduced. An in-depth research was conducted to assess the knowledge and attitude of Ayurvedic Practitioners of Kerala towards Pharmacovigilance and the extent to which they report adverse drug reactions (ADRs) to the higher centres.
Methods: A validated web based questionnaire was designed and a cross sectional survey was conducted among 100 Ayurvedic clinical practitioners in different districts of Kerala (n=100). Inclusion criteria were Clinical practitioners and excluded Teaching faculties and PG Scholars. Statistical method employed was Descriptive statistics.
Results: Statistical analysis revealed that only 58% physicians are aware of the existence of National Pharmacovigilance Programme. 56% does not have the idea of the higher reporting centres. 80% are unaware of the existence of Peripheral Pharmacovigilance centre in Kerala. 60% are ignorant that ADRs should be reported and 77% are not familiar with the standard form for ADR reporting of Ayurvedic medicines.
Conclusion: The present study brought into light the lack of knowledge of National Pharmacovigilance Programme and ADR reporting of Ayurvedic medicines. This study has unveiled the urgent need for a regular training and reinforcement for the ADR reporting among the Ayurvedic Practitioners.
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