When your dog needs to take any type of medication, you might worry about possible adverse reactions. In the past, finding this information wasn’t always easy for pet owners. However, the FDA is changing that by providing improved access to adverse event reports for pet medications and medical devices.
Adverse Event Report Changes
The FDA announced in April 2019 that pet owners and veterinarians alike will be able to access adverse event reports from the past few decades online. Only some of these reports were available for the public to read, which made it hard for concerned pet owners to find out whether or not certain pet medications have been linked to adverse reactions. The FDA made this change in order to ensure that the general public would have greater access to medical products that are under FDA regulations.
Where to Find Adverse Event Reports
You can find adverse event reports on the open FDA digital platform under “Animal and Veterinary Adverse Events.” The information that you’ll find ranges from January 1, 1987 through April 3, 2019, and more will be added in the near future. Keep in mind that you should still consult your veterinarian in addition to checking these reports if you have any concerns about your pet’s medication.
Reporting Adverse Reactions
You can report adverse reactions, such as severe or unexpected side effects, to the FDA or to the drug company that made the medication. You can also submit a report for medications that are not effective. If you contact the drug company, adverse reaction reports are forwarded to the Center for Veterinary Medicine at the FDA. When filling out a report about an adverse reaction, make sure you include as much information as possible, such as the amount given and any medical information about your pet, such as medical conditions or recent surgeries.
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