OC-15: SAFETY OF CONSUMING HERBAL MEDICINES. EXPERIENCE FROM FARMACOVIGILANCE STUDIES

J Pharm Pharmacogn Res 3(suppl. 1): S33, 2015

Proceedings of the 4th International Symposium on Pharmacology of Natural Products FAPRONATURA 2015  September 21st-25th, 2015; Cuban Society of Pharmacology. Topes de Collantes, Sancti Spiritus, Cuba.

Oral Communication

OC-15: SAFETY OF CONSUMING HERBAL MEDICINES. EXPERIENCE FROM FARMACOVIGILANCE STUDIES

Ruiz AK1, García AJ2, Alonso L3.

1Facultad de Ciencias Médicas “General Calixto García”. Avenida Universitaria y 27, Plaza de la Revolución, La Habana, Cuba. E-mail: karelia.ruiz@infomed.sld.cu
2Escuela Nacional de Salud Pública. E-mail: purmed@infomed.sld
3Centro Nacional Coordinador de Ensayos Clínicos (CENCEC). Dirección: 5taA e/ 60 y 62. Miramar, Playa 11300. La Habana, Cuba. Correo electrónico: E-mail: liuba@cencec.sld.cu

 

Introduction: In recent years, there has been an increase in consumption of herbal medicines due to the ecological approach that is being given to health. However although these can modify biological processes that produce beneficial and therapeutic actions, also they cause adverse reactions. In addition, research on safety and efficacy are scarce. The development of research evaluating the use and the results of drugs in real conditions, to provide relevant information and enable clinical decision making is necessary. Aims: Increase safety outreach evidence-based phyto-pharmaceuticals. Methods: A group of specialists involved in the National School of Public Health of Cuba published a book: “Safety of consuming herbal medicines. Pharmacovigilance expertise” directed those interested in Natural Medicine and Bioenergetics. Editorial ECIMED Medical Sciences edited it in collaboration with the Pan American Health Organization. Results: The text included a compendium of research conducted by the authors. Information in three chapters included the theoretical support necessary for conducting research on safety and pharmacovigilance, the methodology for the development of research related to adverse reactions caused by drug use and other major results are presented organized research related to the topic. Conclusions; The theory, methodology and results of research on the topic specified grounds can be incorporated into the educational programs of postgraduate education and undergraduate medical sciences to develop skills taxing the quality of prescribing and helps to fill gaps in knowledge on the use of medicines in daily practice and save effort and resources, as well as enable the use of methodological strategies presented in them.

 

Citation Format: Ruiz AK, García AJ, Alonso L (2015) Safety of consuming herbal medicines. Experience from farmacovigilance studies. [Abstract]. In: Proceedings of the FAPRONATURA 2015; 2015 Sep 21-25; Topes de Collantes, Sancti Spiritus: CSF. J Pharm Pharmacogn Res 3(Suppl. 1): S33. Abstract nr OC-15.