Drug Regulatory Authority of Pakistan (DRAP) has introduced a free application for reporting adverse drug reactions.
Named “Med Safety,” the application has been developed by the UK’s Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA).
After a simple sign up process, Med Safety users can report adverse drug reactions and view immediate acknowledgment of receipt of their reports.
Users can also view and add updates to previously submitted reports through Med Safety. It also allows users to create a customized watch list consisting of medications, news, and alerts.
DRAP has launched a free mobile application for reporting adverse drug reactions. This app has been developed by MHRA, UK. It is handy, easy to use and available at google play store and ios. pic.twitter.com/r3hUQQmUkG
— Drug Regulatory Authority of Pakistan (@DRA_Pakistan) November 2, 2020
While explaining the rationale behind the introduction of Med Safety in Pakistan, a spokesperson for DRAP said that medicines are developed to be as safe and effective as possible, but they can still cause side effects. It is important for people to report adverse effects as this information can be used to identify previously unknown issues with those medicines.
The spokesperson added that adverse effects sometimes stop patients from completing their treatment, which can lead to even more serious problems. Reporting adverse effects encourages a dialogue between patients and healthcare professionals and helps professionals to identify and investigate unknown or poorly described adverse effects.