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Adverse Drug Reactions to be recorded to The Health Ministry in UAE

DubaiAll public and private health facilities in , including pharmacies must report , according to the Health Ministry. All medical districts, hospitals, public and private centers, doctors, pharmacists, nurses and pharmacy owners received a circular by the Medical Practices and Licensing Sector in the Ministry of Health. Due to this pamphlet; the ministry will ensure that they report side effects caused by any drugs and medical errors. An adverse reaction is a harmful or an unintended response to drugs, whereas a medical error is any preventable event that may cause or lead to inappropriate effects while the medication is in the control of the healthcare professional, patient or consumer.

“The purpose of the system is to maintain the welfare and health of the society and stay aware of any side effects or unexpected complications of any registered pharmaceutical drug in the UAE” said Dr Amin Hussein Al Amiri, Assistant Undersecretary for Medical Practices and Licensing at the ministry. He revealed that the pharmacovigilance higher committee made a form that will facilitate submitting reports from all districts. “The form must be filled out by healthcare practitioners and sent to the pharmaceutical and registration administration. A team from the pharmaceutical and registration administration will study and analyze the data and take the required measures” added Dr Amiri. The recent studies showed that 825 patients had adverse reactions to drugs prescribed by physicians in 2010 while 555 cases of medical errors were reported to the Health Authority – Abu Dhabi (HAAD).

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