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2020 Med Safety Week

November 2, 2020,

NAFDAC joins the Uppsala Monitoring Centre, international partners and other National Medicines Regulatory Authorities across the world to mark the 2020 Med Safety Week …………

Nigeria is one of the 79 countries participating in the 2020 annual med safety week organized by the WHO Collaborating Centre for International Drug Monitoring (Uppsala Monitoring Centre) in the week 2nd – 8th November 2020.  NAFDAC is linking up with other medicine regulatory authorities and national pharmacovigilance centres across the world to launch campaigns that raises awareness on PV and promote e-reporting of adverse drug reactions and other medicines-related problems.

Nigeria is leveraging on this event to officially launch the adoption of the Med Safety App as a tool to improve reporting of Adverse Drug Reactions (ADR) in Nigeria. The App was developed under WEB-RADR Project – an innovative Medicines Initiative successfully launched in Armenia, Burkina Faso, Botswana, Ivory Coast, DRC, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan, Paraguay, Thailand, Tanzania and Uganda.  Nigeria will become the 15th country globally and 9th in WHO region of Africa to adopt this app.

You can search for the “Med Safety app” download and install the app from either google playstore for android smartphones users or apple store for iOS device users. Open the app to create an account if you are a new user or continue as guest for existing users. Follow the on-screen instructions to create and send ADR reports to NAFDAC. ADR reports sent to NAFDAC are automatically acknowledged with unique reference numbers for further processing and feedback to the reporter. Please see below a guide to download and install the Med Safety App.

The use of the Med Safety App is expected to complement existing pharmacovigilance reporting tools already deployed by NAFDAC which includes the ADR forms (NAFDAC yellow forms), the e-reporting platforms via a link to the ADR form on the NAFDAC website www.nafdac.gov.ng.

 During the week, medicine regulators across the globe will simultaneously share campaign materials on their social media channels, with the hashtag #MedSafetyWeek.

Campaign materials:

NAFDAC………….Safeguarding the Health of the Nation!!!

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