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  • The South African Health Products Regulatory Authority has launched the globally utilised Med Safety App to make reporting side effects from medication and vaccines much, much easier - including Covid-19 vaccines.
  • It is available, for free, to the public and health care practitioners on both on iOS and Android.
  • It is designed to help SAHPRA improve its data collecting abilities and bring a greater awareness to pharmacovigilance – the practice of medical safety.
  • The latest SAHPRA updates on drug testing will be made available on the app. 
  • You can also report side effects super-fast without having to go to a doctor.
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The South African Health Products Regulatory Authority  (SAHPRA) has launched an app to make reporting side effects patients experience when taking medication and vaccines much, much easier - including Covid-19 vaccines.

The Med Safety App aims to simplify reporting suspected adverse drug reactions (ADRs), including those found after immunisation (AEFIs). 

“In an era where mobile technology is predominant, this application will be a huge benefit for all South Africans who encounter ADRs. The App allows for seamless reporting of all ADRs and AEFIs related to Covid-19 vaccines and will accelerate how SAHPRA manages the reports,” said Dr Boitumelo Semete-Makokotlela, CEO of SAHPRA.

The app, which is available for free for both the public and health practitioners on iOS and Android operating systems, will help SAHPRA improve its data collecting abilities. It will also bring a greater awareness to pharmacovigilance – the practice of medical safety.

“The purpose of the data reported through the Med Safety App is to contribute to the understanding of medicines’ safety profiles of marketed medicines, including that of Covid-19 vaccines,” said SAHPRA in a statement.  

Developed by the European Union-based WEB-Recognising Adverse Drug Reactions (WEB-RADR), the app allows users to create a “watch list” to follow medicines of interest and enables them to easily view information that is relevant to them.

The WEB-RADR 1 project originates as far back as September 2014. It looked at ways to utilise the power of social media and new technology to improve healthcare awareness. By 2018 they began to roll out the app, and through a collaboration with the World Health Organisation (WHO) has launched in other countries like Burkina Faso, Zambia, Armenia, Ghana, Ethiopia, Botswana, Cote d’Ivoire and Uganda.

The app is straight forward and simple to use and you can sign up within minutes. While the Med Safety App is currently only available in English, SAHPRA intends to make it available in other South African languages soon.

Here’s how it works:

Download it on iOS and Android operating systems.

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Download it on iOS and Android operating systems.

It takes a few minutes to sign up.

Select your country. 

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Choose South Africa.

Click 'Get started".

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Click "Get started".

You’ll land up on SAHPRA’s news page which has the latest information about medicines.

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You’ll land up on SAHPRA’s news page which has the latest information about medicines.

Click "Products" tab and choose the medicine you are interested in or are taking.

Click "Products" tab and choose the medicine you are interested in or are taking.

Once done, you find the drug listed on your "Watch List" tab and add more. 

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Add medicines and vaccines to the "Watch List" tab.

Selecting a medicine allows you to report a side effects and more news.  Or you can go log a new report directly in the "Report" tab.

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Once a medicine or vaccine has been added, you can find more information about it or report.

The app will ask you to fill out your details and the name of the patient. Then you will need to fill in details related to the report, like the medicine and other circumstances surrounding the side effects. When compiling your report, the app can save the data so that you can update it later. Once reported, the app will email a notification of delivery. 

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