Thimphu: The National Veterinary Hospital (NVH) under the Department of Livestock (DoL) has organised a sensitisation meeting on Adverse Event Following Immunisation (AEFI) and Adverse Drug Reaction (ADR) on March 11.
AEFI is any undesirable side effect or unintended effect (including lack of desired result) associated with the administration of a licensed biological product (i.e., a vaccine). ADR is a response to a drug which is noxious and unintended, and which occurs at doses normally used in humans/animals for the prophylaxis, diagnosis or therapy of disease or for the modifications of physiological function. In accordance with section 159 and 161 of the Bhutan Medicines Rules and Regulations 2012, all the animal health facilities are required to report AEFI and ADR reports to the National Veterinary Pharmacovigilance Centre using the prescribed forms. As per section 155 of the Bhutan Medicines Rules and Regulations, the NVH was designated as the National Veterinary Pharmacovigilance Centre.
Although the ADR and AEFI were encountered in the animals, such incidences are not reported due to lack of awareness and knowledge on these issues. Therefore, a meeting on AEFI and ADR was organised to sensitise field staffs on ADR and AEFI reporting system, impart knowledge on identification of AEFI and ADR and enable immediate action to counteract ADR and AEFI in the field.
Participants consisted of veterinarians from the Dzongkhag Veterinary Hospitals, Thromde Veterinary Hospitals, Regional Livestock Development Centres, National Centre for Animal Health, NVH and Animal Health Division under DoL. Besides, the meeting was attended by the representatives from the Drug Regulatory Authority (DRA) and College of Natural Resources. The meeting resource persons were from NVH and DRA. It was chaired by Dr. Karma Rinzin, the Chief Veterinary Officer who is also the Officiating Director General for DoL.
Following the meeting, the DRA led by the Drug Controller sensitised the veterinarians on the roles and responsibilities of DRA, the Medicine Act of the Kingdom of Bhutan 2003 and Bhutan Medicines Rules and Regulations 2012. Besides, they also presented on field inspection observation on the management of veterinary medicines. Participants and DRA officials also had series of discussions related to the management of veterinary medicines and solution to address the field issues.
Submitted by Dr. Meena Samal, National Veterinary Hospital
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