Mediterranean Journal Of Pharmacy And Pharmaceutical Sciences

Evaluation of knowledge, attitude and practice of pharmacovigilance among libyan healthcare professionals

  • Authors Details :  
  • Iman Elmahdi,  
  • Hanin F. Hussin,  
  • Adel Abdullah,  
  • Faraj Alamismaery,  
  • Elzahra S. Buzariba,  
  • Amna R. Bograin,  
  • Aisha A. Kshbor

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The aim of this study was to evaluate the knowledge, attitude, and practice of pharmacovigilance by healthcare professionals in Benghazi. A structured questionnaire adapted from a previous validated study. One hundred questionnaires were distributed in August 2019 and filled by healthcare providers working at different hospitals in Benghazi, Libya. Participants were 57% physicians and 43% pharmacists (age average 31-40 years). 47% had correctly defined Pharmacovigilance while 19% know what is meant by adverse drug reactions. Moreover, 61% of the participants did not share information about raising adverse drug reactions in some patients with other healthcare professionals. 35% of them did not know about the adverse drug reactions reporting system in Libya. Whereas, 42% have strongly agreed that reporting adverse drug reactions is essential. 41% and 45% of participants believed that reporting adverse drug reactions is not time-consuming and increases patient safety, respectively. In conclusion, educational programs and training courses about the importance of Pharmacovigilance for physicians and pharmacists in Benghazi are needed.

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