SAHPRA’s Call to Action: Reporting Side Effects with the MedSafety App

By Danélia Botes

November 11, 2023

The Importance of Documenting Side Effects

The South African Health Products Regulatory Authority (SAHPRA) is advocating for the usage of the MedSafety app as a means of bolstering efforts to ensure the integrity of medicinal products. #MedSafetyWeek is a global campaign that aims to improve the safety of medications all around the world, and this project is a component of that campaign. The campaign, involving more than 80 regulatory agencies, is a testament to the collective effort to better the healthcare industry.


The MedSafety App: A Tool for Safer Medicines

Patients, physicians, nurses, and pharmacists are all able to report adverse effects with the help of a powerful tool called the MedSafety app. These reports are absolutely necessary for the continuous monitoring of the medications’ safety. According to Mafora Matlala, the Pharmacovigilance Manager at SAHPRA, “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 minimise risks.”

Users can download the MedSafety app from the Google Play Store or the Apple App Store, depending on your device. The app allows users to report adverse events and product quality issues. This helps enhance the safety of the healthcare environment overall.

SAHPRA’s commitment to the safety, efficacy, and quality of all health products underlines its ethos. Together, we can make a difference in ensuring safer medicines for all.

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