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(2011; 41 pages)
Joshi M. 2011. Technical Assistance for the Development of Pre-service and In-service Pharmacovigilance Curriculum at the Hanoi University of Pharmacy in Vietnam. Submitted to the U.S. Agency for International Development by the Strengthening Pharmaceutical Systems (SPS) Program. Arlington, VA: Management Sciences for Health.
Practical issues relating to pharmacovigilance (PV) often receive limited coverage in health professional training curricula at both pre- and in-service levels. Substantive and sustainable progress in the pharmacovigilance front to improve patient outcomes can only be achieved when current as well as future health care providers are adequately trained to use medicines not only “effectively” but also “safely.” In this context, the Hanoi University of Pharmacy (HUP) authorities in Vietnam expressed to the USAID-supported Strengthening Pharmaceutical Systems (SPS) Program of MSH that the University had a strong interest to ensure adequate coverage of PV topics at both pre- and in-service levels, and requested SPS to help support this process. Based on this request, SPS worked with the National Drug Information and Adverse Drug Reaction Monitoring Center (DI & ADR Center) to develop a detailed curriculum for in-service training, and with HUP’s Clinical Pharmacy Department to develop a similarly detailed curriculum for pre-service training at post-graduate pharmacy level. Both these draft curricula were reviewed by a wide group of stakeholders during a curriculum review meeting held at HUP in August 2011. This technical report briefly describes the process and includes the products of this curriculum-related SPS technical assistance.