Do community pharmacists in Nepal have a role in adverse drug reaction reporting systems?

Australas Med J. 2013;6(2):100-3. doi: 10.4066/AMJ.2013.1544. Epub 2013 Feb 28.

Abstract

Community pharmacies in Nepal serve both rural and urban populations and are an integral part of the Nepalese healthcare system. These community pharmacies are run by non-pharmacist professionals with orientation training on pharmacology and drug dispensing. Graduate pharmacists' involvement in community pharmacy will help with patient counselling, dispensing of medication and promotion of safe and appropriate medicine use. Nepal has an organised pharmacovigilance system which incorporates adverse drug reaction (ADRs) from hospitals and tertiary care centres but not from the community. Involvement of pharmacists in community pharmacy will help in ADR reporting and, monitoring at community level and will help in promoting medication safety in the community. This article describes the community pharmacovigilance program in Nepal and the prospects for community pharmacists.

Keywords: Adverse Drug Reaction; Community Pharmacy; Nepal; Pharmacist.