The answer is yes. This retrospective observational study had shed light on the major differences between ADE reports submitted by pharmacists compared to physicians and nurses. Physicians and nurses reported mostly type B ADRs, which are typically ADE that are pharmacologically unexpected, such as allergic reactions. As a result, the dermatological system was the affected body system that was most commonly reported by physicians and nurses. On the other hand, pharmacists tended to report mostly type A ADE, which are ADE that are expected from the medical treatment, such extrapyramidal side effects from antipsychotics. Expectedly, pharmacists’ ADE reporting included many different body systems, including the CNS and the cardiovascular system.
Our findings show that pharmacists' reports are complimenting the reports submitted by physicians and nurses. While physicians report focus on obvious adverse drug reactions, pharmacists spend more time in investigating and identifying ADEs that are less obvious. The study shows that a multidisciplinary team is always needed for better care of patients.
Take-home messages • Pharmacists contributed more than other healthcare providers in ADE reporting in our setting. • Most of the submitted reports involved unpreventable type B ADRs that were possibly caused by the reported medications and were of high quality. • Pharmacists reported more preventable and type A ADE, and their reports had higher causality assessment scores than other healthcare providers. • Physicians’ and nurses’ reports had higher ADR quality scores than those of pharmacists.Dr. Noor Alsalimy, PharmD
Drugs Ther Perspect (2017) 33:283–289