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Doctors’ Network Increases Adverse Drug Reaction Reports

Reporting adverse reactions to new drugs is crucial once they are being prescribed publically; however such reporting is a voluntary process in many countries. A new study from Israel, published in The Journal of Clinical Pharmacology, reports the trial of a network featuring 100 hospital doctors, which encouraged adverse drug reactions (ADR) reporting.

Email reminders were sent to the one hundred network members throughout the 1 year study period, reminding them to report ADRs in minimal detail, by phone, email, text message or mail to the Clinical Pharmacology Unit.

114 ADRs were reported during the study period in comparison to 48, 26, and 17 in the previous 3 years. In the 3 years prior, doctors reported 41.7% of the reported ADRs whereas in the study period, doctors reported 74.3% of ADRs, reflecting an 80% increase in doctors' reports.