Children have Higher Odds of Developing Adverse Drug Reactions

Title: Adverse Drug Reactions (ADR) Among Malaysian Paediatric Populations and Performance of Medication Safety Signal Detection Methods

Student: Beldona Hema Rekha, Master of Medical Science
Supervisor: Dr. Shairyzah Ahmad Hisham

According to this study, children aged 1 to 12 years old most frequently reported to experience adverse drug reactions (ADR). Some of these reactions can include drug induced growth disorders or skin reactions such as erythema. In children aged 2 to 11 years, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) medications have also been reported to cause weight loss, sleep problems and decreased appetite. In relation to this, the study was carried out to determine the association between patient factors (age group, gender and ethnicity) and ADRS experienced by the paediatric population in Malaysia. This study was also conducted to evaluate the performance of medication statistical safety signal detection methods.