Handling Adverse Drug Reactions (ADRs)Report all Adverse Drug Reaction Cases

The World Health Organization defines an adverse drug reaction (ADR) as:

A response to a medicine which is noxious (harmful) and unintended and which occurs at doses normally used in man for the prophylaxis (prevention), diagnosis or therapy (treatment) of diseases, or for the modification of physiological function’.

In simpler terms, an adverse drug reaction is any unexpected or dangerous reaction to a drug.

ADRs are reported using ADR forms. ADR forms are also called Yellow forms or ICSR forms.

How to obtain an ADR form

The ADR forms are obtained through the following means:

  • Any NAFDAC state office in the 36 states in the country.
  • The National Pharmacovigilance Centre (NPC) NAFDAC Headquarters Wuse Zone 7 Abuja.
  • Any of the Zonal Pharmacovigilance Centres (ABUTH, Shika, FMC, Owerri, LUTH, Lagos, UBTH, Benin, UITH, Ilorin and UMTH, Maiduguri)
  • Downloading via the NAFDAC website (www.nafdac.gov.ng)