Pharmacy World & Science

, 32:2 | Cite as

Developing a consumer reporting program in Malaysia: a novel initiative to improve pharmacovigilance

  • Subish PalaianEmail author
  • Mohammed Alshakka
  • Mohamed Izham


The national pharmacovigilance program in Malaysia is limited to very few centers and under-reporting of adverse drug reactions (ADRs) is a major limitation. Studies from developed countries have documented the importance and usefulness of consumer reporting of ADRs. Involving consumers in ADR reporting can be very useful in improving the reporting rates in Malaysia. The present article highlights the proposed plan of initiating a consumer based pharmacovigilance program in University Wellness Center located inside the campus of the Universiti Sains Malaysia, Penang, Malaysia.


Adverse drug reactions Consumer reporting Malaysia Pharmacovigilance 


Conflict of interests

There was no conflict of interest influencing the publication of this article.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Subish Palaian
    • 1
    Email author
  • Mohammed Alshakka
    • 1
  • Mohamed Izham
    • 1
  1. 1.Discipline of Social and Administrative Pharmacy, School of Pharmaceutical SciencesUniversiti Sains MalaysiaPenangMalaysia

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