A substantial contribution from pharmacists. Reporting side effects in the Netherlands: Een substantiële bijdrage van de apothekers

A.C. Van Grootheest, E.P. Van Puijenbroek, L.T.W. De Jong-van den Berg

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    Purpose. Aim of the study is to get a better view of the contribution of pharmacists to the quantity and the quality of reports and in this way to the quality of a voluntary reporting system of adverse drug reactions. Methods. 15,293 reports, sent to the Netherlands Pharmacovigilance Foundation Lareb between 1995 and 2000 were analysed for the characteristics of pharmacists' reports and the differences with reports of physicians. Dispersion of adverse drug reaction was related to the different System and Organ Classes, the seriousness of the reports according to the CIOMS criteria and the documentation grade of the reports. 200 reports were at random selected and their quality assessed for the quality of the reports. Results. Pharmacists are responsible for 40% of the reports sent in to Lareb during this period. Their reports more frequently concern adverse effects in relation to skin and the eyes. The seriousness of pharmacists' reports is less than with physician's reports as is the case with the documentation grade of reports. The quality of the clinical information of physicians' reports is higher. Conclusions. The contribution of pharmacists in the voluntary reporting system in the Netherlands is of great importance, both for the number of reports and the quality of reports.
    Translated title of the contributionA substantial contribution from pharmacists. Reporting side effects in the Netherlands
    Original languageDutch
    Pages (from-to)546-551
    Number of pages6
    JournalPharmaceutisch Weekblad
    Issue number16
    Publication statusPublished - 18-Apr-2003


    • article
    • drug surveillance program
    • human
    • pharmacist
    • physician
    • quality control
    • randomization

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