Medication side-effects databank gains popularity

29th January 2007, Comments 0 comments

29 January 2007, BRUSSELS — For the past several months, patients have been able to report on the side effects of various medications to the new service called Test-Aankoop ('Test Buy'). The service is now preparing to release a summary of those reports.

29 January 2007

BRUSSELS — For the past several months, patients have been able to report on the side effects of various medications to the new service called Test-Aankoop ('Test Buy'). The service is now preparing to release a summary of those reports.

Imagine that you take medication to lower your blood pressure, but feel unbearably nauseous an hour later. Or that the muscle pain in your leg doesn't go away; instead you break out in a rash.

You can report these effects to your family doctor or pharmacist, who in turn reports them to the Center for Medical Awareness.

Studies show that most patients don't dare to inform their doctors of the side effects, not only because it is time-consuming, but the side effects usually are not serious enough to be concerned about – which is why the direct line for reports on the side-effects. Similar services already exist in The Netherlands, Denmark, Sweden and the UK. 

Since November 2006, patients have been able to fill out the reports online on the Test-Aankoop website.

All complains are analysed and patients are duly informed of the outcome.

If a medicine proves to be dangerous due to its side-effects it can be withdrawn from the market, such as the recently banned cholesterol-lowering drug by Pfeizer.

A call centre for direct reports on the side effects is expected to open in the near future.

[Copyright Expatica News 2007]

Subject: Belgian news

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