Adverse Events of MDA Drugs Meetings of the Programme Managers of LF and STH. Dr A.C.Dhariwal 24.09.2014. Are there any adverse events from the MDA Drugs?.
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Adverse events occur, though not high in prevalence.
Affect mass psychology in consuming the drug.
For successful continuation of the elimination programme, important measures to be taken should be:
Minimising occurrence and severity of the adverse events if possible by modifying the drug or host factor;
Making the common men understand that the adverse event which might be experienced will be well tolerated and be well controlled and the benefit that the community gets is much greater than the discomfort it gives.
The study reported that 37% of the persons who reported adverse events do not have filarial infection in them and systematic abnormalities like anaemia, malnutrition, acid peptic disease, etc. are present in different proportion in the affected population.
So well documentation of the adverse events in controlled studies emphasizing on the existing systemic pathophysiology of the host (i.e. human being) to find out correlation or association with the occurrence of different adverse reactions is essential, so as to take preventive measures to minimise them.