PCT-60: ADVERSE EVENTS ASSOCIATED TO ACUPUNCTURE PRACTICE IN CUBA. 2003-2010

J Pharm Pharmacogn Res 3(suppl. 1): S152, 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.

Poster

PCT-60: ADVERSE EVENTS ASSOCIATED TO ACUPUNCTURE PRACTICE IN CUBA. 2003-2010

García-Milián A1, Perdomo-Delgado J2, Alonso-Carbonell L3, Ruiz-Salvador AK4, López-Puig P1.

1National School of Public Health. Havana, Cuba.
2Ministry of Public Health. Havana, Cuba. E-mail: tradicional@msp.sld.cu
3National Center Coordinating of Clinical Trials (CENCEC). Havana, Cuba.
4“General Calixto Garcia” Medical Faculty. Havana, Cuba.

 

Introduction: Data from clinical trials evaluating security and efficacy of Tradicinal Medicine (TM) products and practices are insufficient. Objective: To characterize the adverse events (AE) associated to the practice of acupuncture in Cuba, from 2003 to 2010. Methods: Observational, descriptive retrospective study about the report of suspected AE related to the practice of acupuncture received at the National Pharmacovigilance Unit. The information was obtained from the National Database of the Cuban Pharmacovigilance System. The reports were classified according to the affected organ, severity and imputability. Results: A total of 194 reports of suspected AE were received. The most common range of age was from 31 to 60 years, for the 61.2% of the total of patients. Women (67.0%) were more related to AE than man, despite age. Syncope (24.7%), hematoma (17.0%) and bleeding (14.4%) were the most frequent AE reported. General and local area of application ranged for more than a half of the reports (54.6%). Mild AE were more frequent (69.1%) as well as probable (84.0%). Conclusions: The studied series describe a pattern of security in the practice of acupuncture, characterized by mild and probable AE in women and young adults, being syncope, hematoma and bleeding the most frequent AE reported.

 

Citation Format: García-Milián A, Perdomo-Delgado J, Alonso-Carbonell L, Ruiz-Salvador AK, López-Puig P (2015) Adverse events associated to acupuncture practice in Cuba. 2003-2010. [Abstract]. In: Proceedings of the FAPRONATURA 2015; 2015 Sep 21-25; Topes de Collantes, Sancti Spiritus: CSF. J Pharm Pharmacogn Res 3(Suppl. 1): S152. Abstract nr PCT-60.