‘Every report counts’ – a call to report suspected side effects
Fimea is participating in the fifth annual social media campaign called #MedSafetyWeek to raise awareness about the importance of reporting suspected side effects from medicines.
The theme of the campaign is ‘every report counts’ and can help others in future. This #MedSafetyWeek patients and carers, as well as healthcare professionals and their organisations, are called upon to report suspected side effects from medicines and are advised not to wait for someone else to report their suspicions.
Medicines are safe and effective, but side effects, also known as adverse drug reactions, can happen. It’s hard to predict who will experience a side effect but it is essential that any potential risks, including how a medicine is used, are understood and communicated.
Reporting helps to identify new side effects or unexpected and serious safety problems and gain more information about known effects. By reporting, you can help make medicines safer for everyone, and you help Fimea protect the public’s health through effective regulation.
National medicines regulatory authorities from 76 countries across the globe and their stakeholders will be taking part in this international campaign led by Uppsala Monitoring Centre (UMC), the World Health Organisation (WHO) Collaborating Centre for International Drug Monitoring.