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Reporting side effects to animal medicines: pharmacovigilance

The detection, assessment, understanding and prevention of adverse reactions or any other medicine-related problem is known as pharmacovigilance.

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This is an information leaflet that can be printed out for use by the general public.

It explains that veterinary pharmacovigilance concerns the safety of animal medicines used for the treatment, prevention or diagnosis of disease in animals.

Information includes:

  • what an adverse reaction is
  • what the suspected adverse reaction surveillance scheme is
  • how exposure to a veterinary medicine can occur
  • which animals are covered by pharmacovigilance
  • what you should do if you notice a harmful side effect
  • who can report a harmful side effect and how this can be done
  • what happens to reports when they are received
  • how reports involving people are assessed
  • what follow-up action the Veterinary Medicines Directorate can take
Published 1 March 2009