Since long, Ayurveda, Siddha, Unani and Homoeopathy (ASU & H) systems of medicine are being practised in India. In this era of globalization, concerns are being raised with regards to their clinical safety. There is a widespread misconception that all drugs of “natural” origin are “safe”. There is also a common belief that long term use of a medicine based on tradition, assures both safety and efficacy.
These systems of medicines have thorough knowledge about essential characters of drugs that are to be used in the treatment to ensure safety and opine that Right drug at the Right dose by the Right route at the Right time for the Right person provide beneficial effects. Non-compliance to the traditional regulations of therapeutics will manifest in adverse events.
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Pharmacovigilance in ASU & H systems of Medicine
Considering the growing use of ASU & H products and medicines globally; inclusion of traditional medicines in Pharmacovigilance systems became equally important. Pharmacovigilance is defined as the science and activities relating to the detection, assessment, understanding and prevention of adverse effects or any other drug-related problems.
A nationwide program has been launched under central sector scheme funded by Ministry of AYUSH, New Delhi to establish and generate system wise database of Adverse Drug Reactions (ADRs) and evolve evidence based recommendations towards clinical safety of ASU & H Drugs.