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Pharmacovigilance in India: A Need Indeed

The concept of pharmacovigilance to the world is not new and dates back to its origin after the Thalidomide disaster which occurred in the early 1960’s, where the drug proved to be a potent teratogen, responsible for about 10,000 cases of phocomelia and amelia (deformed limbs), introduced as a safe sedative and antiemetic. In the early 1970’s another drug disaster occurred by a cardioselective betablocker- Proctalol, introduced for the treatment of angina and hypertension, resulted into oculo-mucocutaneous syndrome. Later on in the early 1980’s several deaths were reported as a result of renal and hepatic failure as a consequence of the use of Benaxoprofen which was a NSAID (Non Steroidal Anti- Inflammatory Drug).

Citation: Mohammad Arif Khan, Krishna Pandey, Krishnamurthi (2014) Pharmacovigilance in India: A Need Indeed. J Pharmacovigilance 2:126.

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