Govt directs NABH hospitals to list out drugs' side effects
In an attempt to make a robust mechanism for patient safety, the government has decided to bring out a comprehensive study to find out the side effects of drugs on patients.

Given that most of the drugs are tested during the course of their clinical trials in foreign countries, where the atmospheric conditions are different from India, the government has directed all NABH hospitals to prepare a data bank of drugs causing side effects to patients during treatment.

According to Health Ministry officials, the objective behind the move is to take up post-marketing surveillance of drugs that would help concerned agencies in monitoring the misuse of drugs and ensuring the safety of patients.

The initiative, which has been taken to implement the Pharmacovigilance Programme of India (PvPI), would be jointly undertaken by Indian Pharmacopoeia Commission (IPC) and Quality Council of India (QCI). The direction in this regard has come to develop a protocol for raising standards of patient safety through post-marketing surveillance of drugs and medical devices with the help of artificial intelligence.