The Food and Drugs Authority (FDA), with support from the Access and Delivery Partnership Programme and the special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases (TDR) at the World Health Organization, has introduced an online reporting system, known as the SafetyWatch System, to enable health workers to report on safety issues related to drugs, vaccines and other regulated products to the authority at a workshop in koforidua last Thursday.
Madam Abena Amoakohene, a Senior Regulatory officer of the FDA, who took the participants through the SafetyWatch System workshop, indicated that the training program is aimed to ensure that health workers effectively understand the concept and use it.
Hence the decision of the FDA to roll out a nationwide training program across the country on how to use the system and the Eastern Region is the last but not least.
According to her, the SafetyWatch System is an online reporting system intended to complement the already existing paper form of reporting to ensure safety issues of drugs, vaccines and other regulated products received by the FDA in real-time for prompt regulatory actions. She added, the system can be used by patients and the Pharmaceutical industry as well to report safety issues.
The FDA is the National Regulatory Body established in 1992 with the mandate to protect public health by ensuring the safety, efficacy and security of human and veterinary drugs, food, herbal, tobacco, cosmetics and the conduct of clinical trials protocols among others.
Mr. Samuel Kwakye, the Eastern Regional boss of the FDA, on his part, welcomed the participants to the training program who are Regional Pharmacovigilance officers drawn from the various hospitals in the region.
He stated the expected outcome of the training workshop as; to improve timeliness for submission of adverse event reports to the FDA, increase the number and quality of adverse event reports.
These, he mentioned, will ensure prompt action on reports received to further enhance patient safety.
Health workers can report to the FDA through the SafetyWatch System at http://adr.fdaghana.gov.gh. Patients and consumers can also report online through the link http:adr.fdaghana.gov.gh/patient.php or by sending SMS to the short code 4015 on all networks, he said.
Source: therepublicnewsonline.com/ Ametewee S. Worlali, Koforidua