Helping Patients Use Their Medicines More Safely by Pfizer
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HELPING PATIENTS USE THEIR MEDICINES MORE SAFELY
Understanding the roles of patients, healthcare providers,
pharmaceutical companies, and regulatory authorities
You or a loved one will likely take medicine at some point in life.
of U.S. adults take at
least one medicine,
and supplements, in
a given week
take five or more
As a patient, you want your medical
Improve your health
Be as safe as possible
Safety is everyone’s first priority, but medicines may still have side effects. Fortunately, there are many steps in place to help protect those who take medicines.
BALANCING BENEFIT AND RISK
Regulatory agencies review data and approve a medicine when its benefits are greater than its risks.
It takes studying thousands of possible new medicines by companies like
Pfizer to get ONE through the drug development process and approved by
regulatory authorities such as the FDA.
Pfizer’s medicines are available in over 150 countries around the world. We employ thousands of medicine safety specialists. These specialists work with regulatory authorities to understand and communicate the risks and benefits of our medicines both before and after they are approved for patients.
Companies like Pfizer and regulatory authorities like the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) make every effort to understand:
Who can benefit from a medicine
How patients should use that medicine
What are the risks of the medicine
The product information shows what
companies and regulatory agencies
learn about the medicine and helps
healthcare providers and patients:
Understand the balance of the benefits and risks of a medicine
Choose the right treatment option
What is pharmacovigilance (PV)?
Pharmacovigilance is defined by the World Health Organization (WHO) as “the science and activities relating to the detection, assessment, understanding and prevention of adverse effects or any other drug-related problem”
PV INCLUDES AN EXTENSIVE SAFETY SYSTEM:
Identifying and managing possible safety concerns associated with the medicines we take
Helping protect patients
Drug companies, healthcare providers and regulators are always monitoring for medicine safety, both before and after a medicine has been approved.
Clinical trials often find common side effects of a medicine, but some effects can only be found when large numbers of people are using the medicine after it is approved.
Learn more about pharmacovigilance by clicking here.
WHAT CAN YOU DO?
YOU, the patient or caregiver, are an important part of this network.
Understand how to use your medicine
more safely and its possible effects
Read the product information and any other trusted resources available to you
Speak to your healthcare provider about your specific situation
Wherever you live, you should tell your healthcare provider if you
experience any side effect. You can also tell the drug company.
If you are in the U.S., you can contact the FDA (MedWatch).
Realize you or a loved one might be the first to experience a side effect. Please be sure to report any side effects:
Report side effects for Pfizer products by calling 1-800-438-1985.
Contact the U.S. FDA directly at or call 1-800-FDA-1088.
To report side effects outside the U.S., ask your healthcare provider or local health authority for more information.
A key piece of the pharmacovigilance process is
YOUR OWN CAREFUL ATTENTION TO SIDE EFFECTS.