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Play your part in medicines safety. Whether you’re a patient, doctor, nurse, or pharmacist, you can help make medicines safer by reporting side effects to FDA Philippines’ online reporting system.

Through the #MedSafetyWeek campaign more than 80 countries will work together in improving the safety of medicines globally.

From 6 to 13 November, FDA Philippines will take part in the global #MedSafetyWeek campaign, a collaboration involving more than 80 medicines regulatory agencies and several non-governmental organizations, to raise awareness about the importance of reporting side effects of medicines. With the theme ‘Who can report?’, this year’s campaign will focus on the key role of every patient, doctor, nurse, and pharmacist who reports a side effect and contributes to using medicines safely.

All medicines agencies operate systems to detect and analyse side effects of medicines. The purpose of safety monitoring is to gain more information about known side effects and find out about new ones. Constantly collecting and monitoring information from the reports received helps identify risks associated with medicines and take action to minimize harm.

FDA Philippines, through Director General Samuel A. Zacate emphasizes the importance of reporting side effects through online reporting ( All reports made to FDA Philippines will be thoroughly assessed and examined to determine the right steps to be taken to protect the population from harm. Since the 1990s, FDA Philippines has received and processed over 153,000 in which patients, carers, and health professionals have played a key role.

“Every report is important in building more knowledge and understanding of the benefits and risks of medicines in clinical use and allows action to be taken to minimize risks.

“Reporting suspected side effects to the online reporting of FDA Philippines helps to make medicines safer for patients all around the world. In some cases, it can result in better prescribing advice, which can improve patient outcomes.

“If you, or a patient you are supporting, experience a side effect with a medicine, make sure to report it to us promptly.” DG Zacate said.

Reports about side effects can be submitted easily at

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