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  • 2019/11/13
North khorasan University of Medical Sciences

Drug and Poison Information Center (DPIC)

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Drug and Poison Information Center (DPIC)

Introduction

Drug and Poison Information Center (DPIC) was established in 1996 in the Deputy for Food and Drug of the Ministry of Health and Medical Education. Then, within 16 years, 34 DPICs were established in all over the country. People were able to connect to the local DPIC by dialing 1490.

Currently, DPICs in Tehran and some other cities are active 24 hours and some other DPICs work in two shifts and some of them are open only in the office hours.

People can ask their questions form DPIC regarding the amount of drug intake and route of administration, adverse drug reaction, the use of drugs in pregnancy and lactation, storage of medications and food-drug interactions. DPICs can also deliver useful information about dealing with a poisoned patient and how to give first aid before emergency services arrive, to the companions of poisoned patients or to the medical team and also introduce required antidotes to them and prepare drugs which are difficult to find in pharmacies.

 

Duties

  1. Informing public and medical team on how to use drugs, drug interactions, drug use during pregnancy and lactation, and ...

  2. Providing public with training in optimal use of drugs and prevention of drug misuse

  3. Providing poisoned patients and their companions andmedical staff with necessary information to prevent complications of poisoning

  4. Gathering and analyzing the information of DPIC

 

Main activities

Answering to the phone calls related to the drug and poison cases

Submitting the reports of medicinal side effects to the Adverse Drug Reaction (ADR) center

Holding “toxicity prevention week”

Implementing “Norouz standby plan” in DPICs

Cooperation in producing educational programs regarding drugs, prevention and treatment of poisoning for radio and TV channels

Compiling instruction for treatment of drug poisoning and NBC attacks

Assisting to run DPIC in universities and issuing establishment license for private DPICs

Preparing and submitting the reports of the DPICs of all over the country

Holding professional retraining workshops for DPIC experts

Holding DPIC related retraining workshops and seminars for medical community

 

Side Activities

Assisting patients who need rare drugs and advising them

Providing answers to the expert and scientific questions sent by other organizations and offices




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