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Reporting Adverse Drug Reactions: Patients to be involved or not?

Pharmaceutical updates  and reviews

Hygeia.J.D.Med.4 (1), April 2012-October 2012

Author: Dr.Shirley Samson Varughese

Affiliation: Senior Pharmacologist, Directorate of Pharmaceutical Affairs & Drug Control, Ministry Of Health, Muscat, Oman


Article history:

Received: 19 February, 2012,

Accepted: 10March, 2011,

Available online: 5 April 2012



Medicines are designed to prevent or treat illnesses, or relieve symptoms. Any medicine can cause adverse reactions.  These reactions may not be discovered until many people have used the medicine over a period of time.  They can occasionally appear after a person has stopped taking a medicine as well.   Patients are no longer passive recipients of drug therapy instigated by medical professionals.  

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