21-11-2017| Help make epilepsy medicines safer by reporting

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The Health Products Regulatory Authority (HPRA) is running a new campaign to promote the reporting of suspected side effects from medicines. The campaign, which will continue across social media until Friday, forms part of an EU-wide awareness week that features a focus on over-the-counter medicines.

While many people do not experience any problems when using medicines, side effects can happen, even with over-the-counter products. It is important the risks associated with the use of medicines are understood and communicated to healthcare professionals and patients.

Regulators such as the HPRA rely on the reporting of suspected side effects to make sure medicines on the market are acceptably safe. It is generally accepted however that reporting systems internationally suffer from under reporting and that's why our campaign is important to both raise awareness and help strengthen the system.

According to Dr Joan Gilvarry, Director of Human Products Monitoring at the HPRA:

"The most important part of our work is making sure the medicines you and your family take are as safe as possible and do what they are intended to do. Our campaign will help the public, patients and healthcare professionals report suspected side effects and have confidence that their reports are making a difference.

"You can help make medicines safer by reporting any suspected side effects easily and quickly through our online report form," Dr Gilvarry concluded."