The week of 25-29 November 2019 will mark the fourth annual #MedSafetyWeek, where medicine regulatory authorities across the world will take part in a social media campaign to raise awareness of medicine side effects, and the importance of reporting them. This year’s campaign focuses on polypharmacy, with the overarching message that reporting side effects helps protect patients when taking multiple medicines.
Polypharmacy is defined as the simultaneous use of four or more prescription, over-the-counter or traditional medicines at the same time. Polypharmacy increases the likelihood of a patient having side effects, due to the increased risk of interactions between medicines, and with foods or herbal products.
“For safety is not a gadget but a state of mind.” – Eleanor Everet