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Am J Pharm Educ. 2011 Sep 10;75(7):131. doi: 10.5688/ajpe757131.

Pharmacy student perceptions of adverse event reporting.

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Johnson & Johnson Pharmaceutical Research and Development, LLC, Horsham, PA 19044, USA. skalari@its.jnj.com

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To assess US pharmacy students' knowledge and perceptions of adverse event reporting.

METHODS:

To gauge pharmacy students' impressions of adverse event reporting, a 10-question survey instrument was administered that addressed student perceptions of the reporting procedures of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and pharmaceutical manufacturers, as well as student understanding of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and its relationship to adverse event reporting.

RESULTS:

Two hundred twenty-eight pharmacy students responded to the survey. The majority of respondents believed that the FDA is more likely than a pharmaceutical company to take action regarding an adverse event. There were misconceptions relating to the way adverse event reports are handled and the influence of HIPAA regulations on reporting.

CONCLUSIONS:

Communication between the FDA and pharmaceutical manufacturers regarding adverse event reports is not well understood by pharmacy students. Education about adverse event reporting should evolve so that by the time pharmacy students become practitioners, they are well acquainted with the relevance and importance of adverse event reporting.

KEYWORDS:

FDA; HIPAA; adverse drug reaction; adverse event; adverse event reporting; pharmacists; pharmacy students

PMID:
21969717
PMCID:
PMC3175663
DOI:
10.5688/ajpe757131
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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