Community pharmacy staff’s barriers and factors motivating to report adverse drug reactions: A prospective, cross-sectional study in Tamil Nadu

  • S Darshna Department of Pharmacy Practice, Sri Ramachandra Faculty of Pharmacy, Sri Ramachandra Institute of Higher Education and Research (Deemed to be University), Porur, Chennai - 600 116.
  • MG Rajanandh Department of Pharmacy Practice, Sri Ramachandra Faculty of Pharmacy, Sri Ramachandra Institute of Higher Education and Research (Deemed to be University), Porur, Chennai - 600 116.
Keywords: Retail pharmacy, Pharmacovigilance, Drug monitoring, Knowledge, Practice

Abstract

Background: The goal of this study is to assess community pharmacy staffs’ barriers and motivating factors towards ADR reporting system in Tamil Nadu, India.

Methods: A cross-sectional study was conducted among the community pharmacy staffs. A questionnaire was distributed to all consented pharmacy staffs after ethics approval. The statistical significance of nominal and ordinal items was determined using the Chi square test and the relative important index (RII).

Results: The study received a total response rate of 70.09% (n=214). The top three barriers to ADR reporting were found to be “Reporting forms are too complicated” (RII=0.900), “Not clear how to report ADR” (RII=0.982), and “Not confident whether it is an ADR”(RII=0.913). “Reporting should be made as mandatory” as a high priority among the various factors encouraging community pharmacy staffs to report ADR.

Conclusion: The study concludes that ADR reporting form should be simplified for community pharmacy staffs in Tamil Nadu.

Published
2022-01-12