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Overview of pharmacovigilance practices at the largest academic healthcare system in the State of Qatar.

Al Hail, Moza; Elkassem, Wessam; Hamad, Anas; Abdulrouf, Pallivalappila; Thomas, Binny; Stewart, Derek


Moza Al Hail

Wessam Elkassem

Anas Hamad

Pallivalappila Abdulrouf

Binny Thomas

Derek Stewart


Adverse Drug Reactions (ADRs) are major global concern, adversely impacting patient safety and health outcomes. ADRs cause significant morbidity and mortality among hospitalised patients, causing greater length of hospital stay, increased healthcare costs and patient dissatisfaction to the treatments. Pharmacovigilance (PV), a process of detecting, monitoring and preventing drug-related harm, plays a vital role to ensure patient safety. ADR reporting is the cornerstone of PV. PV practices in Qatar are relatively new and are evolving rapidly. The purpose of this article is to explore the medication safety practices (notably ADR reporting) at the largest academic healthcare center in Qatar. The article further provides evidence on how information related to ADRs are generated and interpreted. Furthermore, it describes how a designated center for monitoring medication safety activities was established at the largest healthcare provider in Qatar.


AL HAIL, M., ELKASSEM, W., HAMAD, A., PALLIVALAPPILA, A., THOMAS, B. and STEWART, D. 2018. Overview of pharmacovigilance practices at the largest academic healthcare system in the State of Qatar. International journal of clinical pharmacy [online], 40(4), pages 769-774. Available from:

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Mar 6, 2018
Online Publication Date Apr 3, 2018
Publication Date Aug 30, 2018
Deposit Date May 15, 2018
Publicly Available Date Apr 4, 2019
Journal International Journal of Clinical Pharmacy
Print ISSN 2210-7703
Electronic ISSN 2210-7711
Publisher Springer
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 40
Issue 4
Pages 769-774
Keywords Adverse drug reactions; Hamad Medical Corporation; Medication safety; Pharmacovigilance; Qatar
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