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Table 1 Main characteristics of ADR reports of OTC drugs to HALMED during a 10-year period

From: Analysis of spontaneous reporting of suspected adverse drug reactions for non-analgesic over-the-counter drugs from 2008 to 2017

Characteristic N (%) p value*
Reporter qualification   < 0.001
 Pharmacist 248 (45.4)  
 Physician 149 (27.2)  
 Consumer/non health professional 138 (25.2)  
 Other health professional 10 (1.8)  
 Missing 2 (0.4)  
Patient gender   < 0.001
 Male 178 (32.6)  
 Female 358 (65.4)  
 Missing 11 (2.0)  
Patient age (years)   < 0.001
  < 10 72 (13.2)  
 10–19 19 (3.5)  
 20–29 55 (10.1)  
 30–39 77 (14.1)  
 40–49 46 (8.4)  
 50–59 63 (11.5)  
 60–69 65 (11.9)  
  ≥ 70 82 (15.0)  
 Missing 68 (12.3)  
Non-serious ADRs 450 (82.3) < 0.001
 Serious ADRs 97 (17.7)  
 Caused/prolonged hospitalization 16 (16.6)  
 Life threatening 8 (8.2)  
 Other 72 (74.2)  
 Death 1 (1.0)  
  1. *Chi square test