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Posted: Tuesday, November 8, 2022. 11:44 am CST.

Photo Credit: MOHW

By Rubén Morales Iglesias: The Ministry of Health & Wellness (MOHW) is joining 81 other countries in observing Med Safety Week 2022 from November 7 to 13, 2022.

“During this week, the ministry will embark on a social media campaign to raise awareness of pharmacovigilance systems among patients and the public and to promote recognition and reporting of suspected side effects,” said a press release by the Government of Belize (GOB) Press Office.

The theme of the seventh annual Med Safety Week is ‘How patients and healthcare professionals make safety work’.

The GOB Press office release said the week is aimed at getting people around the world to report suspected side effects of medicines.

Medicine regulators from 82 countries are participating in this year’s campaign which is centered on healthcare professionals and patients reporting suspected side effects to contribute to the safe use of medicines.

“All medicines may cause side effects in some patients, so there are steps in place to continuously monitor their safety after they are placed on the market.”

The Ministry of Health and Wellness advises everyone to report suspected side effects to the healthcare professionals that attend to them.

“By reporting suspected side effects, you are actively participating in identifying emerging safety issues, which will lead to appropriate action taken when necessary to protect you and others from harm,” said the GOB Press Office statement.

Once patients have reported the side effects they are experiencing, the healthcare professionals in turn report these suspected side effects through the VigiCarib reporting form at https://form.jotform.co/72934157245864.


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