Study of adverse drug reactions in out-patient departments of a teaching hospital


  • Zinnat Ara Begum Centre for Medical Education, Mohakhali, Dhaka
  • Sayeeda Sultana Department of Pharmacology, NICVD, Sher-E-Bangla Nagar, Dhaka
  • Badar Uddin Umar Department of Pharmacology, Faridpur Medical College, Faridpur
  • A. H. Ferdous Department of Pharmacology, Dinajpur Medical College, Dinajpur
  • Md. Kamal Uddin Department of Pharmacology, Khulna Medical College, Khulna
  • S. M. Hasibul Islam Department of Neurosurgery, Dhaka Medical College, Dhaka 1000



Adverse drug reactions (ADRs), Antimicrobial, Adverse drug events, Iatrogenic disease, Gastrointestinal, Spontaneous reporting


The study conducted in the Medicine and Skin outpatient departments of Dhaka Medical College, Dhaka revealed 19 cases (7 males, 12 females) of adverse drug reactions (ADR) out of 160 patients. 31.58% ADRs were of mild type, 42.1% were of moderate and 26.32% were of severe in nature. Gastrointestinal complications were the most frequent adverse effect (56%). Antimicrobial drugs were the most common cause of ADR (42.86%) followed by NSAIDs (33.33%). This study is a preliminary study for getting information on the pattern of ADRs in Bangladesh needing further studies.


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Badar Uddin Umar, Department of Pharmacology, Faridpur Medical College, Faridpur

Assistant Professor & Head


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Begum, Z. A., S. Sultana, B. U. Umar, A. H. Ferdous, M. K. Uddin, and S. M. H. Islam. “Study of Adverse Drug Reactions in Out-Patient Departments of a Teaching Hospital”. Bangladesh Journal of Pharmacology, vol. 7, no. 2, June 2012, pp. 104-7, doi:10.3329/bjp.v7i2.10760.



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