Australia’s TGA Launches Web-based ADR Reporting
Posted 25 September 2014 | By
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Australia’s Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) has launched a web-based medicines and vaccine related adverse event (adverse drug reaction, or ADR) reporting system for the use of consumers.
The new web-based reporting service is one of a range of TGA initiatives targeting consumers which include:
According to published research, about 90-95% of medicines-related adverse events globally are not reported to regulatory authorities, in large part because there is a low awareness among consumers of available ADR reporting systems. In 2013, only about 3% of ADR reports received by the TGA came from consumers, compared with 55% from pharmaceutical companies, 17% from state and territory health departments, 10% from hospitals and hospital pharmacists and the remainder from community pharmacists and general practitioners.