A Prospective Study of Adverse Drug Reactions in 1 Month–12 Years Old Pediatric Patients
KeywordsAdverse drug reaction
prospective spontaneous reporting system
Pharmacy and materia medica
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AbstractAdequate controlled clinical trials in pediatric population, especially in oncology and vaccinations are still insufficient due to ethical considerations. Certain conditions in children in general and in Indian children in particular, suggested the need for Adverse Drug Reaction (ADR) monitoring. Thus this study was aimed to investigate the incidence of ADRs in pediatric populations. A prospective spontaneous reporting study was conducted over a period of six months from October 2012 to March 2013 in pediatric inpatients ward of Bharati Hospital in Pune. Reported ADRs were assessed for its causality by using WHO causality assessment scale, and its severity by using Hart wig Severity Scale. A total of 107 suspected ADRs were reported and evaluated from 54 patients, showing an overall incidence of 4.75%. Incidence rate of ADRs during hospitalization was 4.13%, while ADRs induced hospitalization was 0.62%. The gastrointestinal system (48.59%) was the most affected, and antibiotics was the most common the drug class associated to ADRs. In term of causality, 55.14% of the reactions were classified as possible, while in term of severity, 64.49% were classified as moderate. Most patients (60.75%) recovered from the incidence. Although the prevalence and severity of ADRs in pediatrics populations is reported to be higher than those of in adults, the incidence of ADRs in our study was only 4.75% which is lower than those of reported in adults, this may due to the spontaneous reporting system that used in this study.