The Uppsala Monitoring Center of the World Health Organization announced the seventh annual #MedSafetyWeek from November 7 to 13, 2022. People are encouraged to report suspected side effects of medicines as part of the global #MedSafetyWeek social media campaign. Launched today by the AEC, the seventh annual #MedSafetyWeek is running until 13 November to encourage everyone to report suspected side effects of medicines. Every report to the AEC helps to improve the safety of medicines for all patients. This year’s global campaign involves medicines regulators from 81 countries and focuses on the key role of every healthcare professional, patient, and carer who reports a suspected side effect and contributes to using medicines safely.
All medicines may cause side effects in some patients, so there are steps in place to continuously monitor their safety after they are placed on the market. The purpose of safety monitoring is to gain more information about known side effects and find out about new ones. Regulators operate systems to detect and analyse those side effects and prevent harm to future patients.
AEC managed online reporting link https://primaryreporting.who-umc.org/en collects, organizes and investigates side effect reports. Since it was created, it has helped identify several safety issues which were not previously recognised as being linked to a particular medicine until the AEC received information from reports.
By reporting suspected side effects to the AEC, you are actively participating in identifying emerging safety issues, so that the AEC can take action when necessary and protect you and others from harm. Every report made by a patient, a healthcare professional, or a carer plays a key role in gaining more knowledge about the benefits and risks of medicines in clinical use and allows action to be taken to minimise risks.
Everyone can report suspected side effects to the AEC. You can submit a report in many ways. It is the responsibility of each of us to support medicine safety by reporting side effects online during #MedSafetyWeek through the side effect notification cards, as well as by clicking on the link.