Every Report Counts #MedSafetyWeek 2020

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This week (2-6 November 2020), medicines regulators around the globe will be joining forces to launch a social media campaign that raises awareness of adverse drug reactions with the hashtag #MedSafetyWeek promoted by Medsafe (PDF). The theme for 2020 is ‘Your report matters’.

"Every report counts" - a call to patients and members of the health professions in the #MedSafetyWeek to report suspected side effects.

While medicines are safe and effective, side effects can happen. It is important the risks associated with all medicines are understood and communicated by healthcare professionals to their patients, parents and carers. If you think your patient has had an adverse reaction to a medicine, report it to CARM. Online reporting is easiest through the New Zealand Pharmacovigilance Centre website.

The Federal Office for Health Safety (BASG) participates in the global social media campaign called #MedSafetyWeek to raise public awareness of the importance of side effect reports for drugs.

The motto of the campaign is "Every report counts" and is intended to help further increase the safety of pharmaceuticals. Patients are encouraged - and members of the health professions are required to comply with their statutory obligations - to report suspected side effects of drugs. It is important that no one waits for someone else to report a possible side effect for them, but instead reliably does so themselves if they are suspected or known.

Medicines are rigorously tested, effective and safe, but side effects can in principle still occur with every medicine in different ways, severity and frequency. It is difficult to predict who will experience a side effect and when, but it is important that such potential risks are monitored, reported and recorded. These observations and the associated possible risks can only be evaluated, understood and subsequently communicated transparently to all patients, users and prescribers in the context of safety information and/or updated specialist and usage information through appropriate reports.

The side effect report of each individual thus helps to reliably identify new side effects or unexpected and serious safety problems and to obtain more and more robust information about possible avoidable risks.

By reporting, each individual can make a significant contribution to making medicines safer for everyone.