Safety of herbal products in Thailand: An analysis of reports in the thai health product vigilance center database from 2000 to 2008

Saokaew, Surasak, Suwankesawong, Wimon, Permsuwan, Unchalee and Chaiyakunapruk, Nathorn (2011) Safety of herbal products in Thailand: An analysis of reports in the thai health product vigilance center database from 2000 to 2008. Drug Safety, 34 4: 339-350. doi:10.2165/11586590-000000000-00000


Author Saokaew, Surasak
Suwankesawong, Wimon
Permsuwan, Unchalee
Chaiyakunapruk, Nathorn
Title Safety of herbal products in Thailand: An analysis of reports in the thai health product vigilance center database from 2000 to 2008
Journal name Drug Safety   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0114-5916
1179-1942
Publication date 2011-04
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.2165/11586590-000000000-00000
Volume 34
Issue 4
Start page 339
End page 350
Total pages 12
Place of publication Auckland, New Zealand
Publisher Adis International
Collection year 2012
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Background: The use of herbal products continues to expand rapidly across the world and concerns regarding the safety of these products have been raised. In Thailand, Thai Vigibase, developed by the Health Product Vigilance Center (HPVC) under the Thai Food and Drug Administration, is the national database that collates reports from health product surveillance systems and programmes. Thai Vigibase can be used to identify signals of adverse events in patients receiving herbal products. Objectives: The purpose of the study was to describe the characteristics of reported adverse events in patients receiving herbal products in Thailand. Methods: Thai Vigibase data from February 2000 to December 2008 involving adverse events reported in association with herbal products were used. This database includes case reports submitted through the spontaneous reporting system and intensive monitoring programmes. Under the spontaneous reporting system, adverse event reports are collected nationwide via a national network of 22 regional centres covering more than 800 public and private hospitals, and health service centres. An intensive monitoring programme was also conducted to monitor the five single herbal products listed in the Thai National List of Essential Medicines (NLEM), while another intensive monitoring programme was developed to monitor the four single herbal products that were under consideration for inclusion in the NLEM. The database contained patient demographics, adverse events associated with herbal products, and details on seriousness, causality and quality of reports. Descriptive statistics were used for data analyses
Keyword Dietary-supplements
Surveillance
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
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