Reporting side effects is dang friggin simple. You can do it all online in most countries too.
I want to let you know how to do it effectively so we can all benefit from the local authorities and drug companies keeping track of this.
Surprisingly drug companies and doctors don’t often let us know how to do this, but don’t worry, I’m going to tell you in this post. (Feel free to share this with anybody else you know who takes any type of medication, the procedure for reporting side effects is the same, not just for UC medications:)
So…let me ask.. “Do you believe you have experienced a side effect or an “adverse reaction” to a medication you have taken for your UC???” (like I said – or for any other reason for that matter…)
Well, if your answer is yes, and there is a good chance your answer is yes…, please report the problem via the websites listed below.
This is very important because a huge percentage of ulcerative colitis related side effects go un-reported, and that means that NOBODY will ever know about what you have dealt with.
AND, this also means that nothing will be done in the medical world to help doctors, drug manufacturers and other patients learn more about the side effects you lived with. So do us all a favor and report the side effects.
Drug companies are legally required to report any side effects that patients report to them to the national authorities, but you can cut right to the chase and use the links below to contact the national authorities yourselves.
When I say the national authorities, I’m talking about the following: FDA in the USA, European Medicines Agency in Europe…etc…)
Here are the links to Get Started:
USA – FDA Side Effect Reporting Form: CLICK HERE to Report Side Effect
United Kingdom – Yellow Card Reporting Site: CLICK HERE to Report Side Effect
EUROPEAN List of national websites (in local languages) where patients can go to report side effects of ulcerative colitis medications, please visit this website: http://www.adrreports.eu/en/national.html
Canada – Health Canada has its own side effect reporting site: CLICK HERE CANADIANS!
Australia – Department of Health Reporting site: CLICK HERE
New Zealand – National MEDSAFE site: CLICK HERE
ALSO, please feel free to review the medications review pages listed here: click here
Thanks for reading today, and I wish you the best with your UC,
(in all fairness, I’m sure there are many doctors who also do go and report side effects, or adverse reactions as they are reported to them by their patients, but at the same time, there is absolutely no way that all are reported…come on…doctors are super busy these days…they barely have time to speak with their patients…so again, take matters into your own hands and report your side effects directly on your own!)
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