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Serious Reactions to Medications and other Medical Therapies

Posted by on March 28th, 2019 Posted in: Electronic Health Records, General
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Have you or someone you know experienced a serious adverse reaction to a medication or supplement?  Did you know you have the right and ability to report your experience to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA)?  You can do so through MedWatch, the name of the FDA’s program for monitoring events such as: serious reactions, product quality problems, therapeutic equivalence/failure, or product use errors.

Report problems with any of the following:

  • human medical products
  • drugs
  • biologic products
  • medical devices
  • dietary supplements
  • infant formula
  • cosmetics

Additionally, you may take the form to your doctor or health care provider, who can give clinical information based on your electronic health record to help the FDA check your report.  The FDA created online tutorials for people to learn more about the process.  Paying attention to your body and communicating with your healthcare providers helps you become an active participant in your healthcare!

 

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Nora works as the Consumer Health Librarian for NNLM PSR at UCLA and is passionate about empowering people to participate in their healthcare by locating reliable health information. She is an advocate for recruiting traditionally underrepresented groups to health sciences librarianship.

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