Anvisa warns the population about the risks of self-medication

“It is necessary for people to become aware of the real risks of this practice”, warned Anvisa

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Self-medication, especially at this time of pandemic, has worried health authorities around the world. “It is necessary for people to become aware of the real risks of this practice, which can cause serious reactions, including deaths,” warned the National Health Surveillance Agency (Anvisa) in a statement.ebc.png?w=696&ssl=1ebc.gif?w=696&ssl=1

Also according to the Agency, this assessment is made based on technical-scientific criteria, according to the patient and the knowledge of the disease: “every drug presents risks related to its consumption, which must be based on the benefit-risk ratio. In other words, the benefits for the patient must outweigh the risks associated with using the product ”.

To get an idea of ​​the scale and severity of the problem, the World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that more than 50% of all drugs are prescribed, dispensed or sold inappropriately. In addition, half of all patients do not use the medications correctly.


To identify new risks and update the safety profile of medicines, Anvisa reminds that it is essential that health professionals and citizens notify suspected adverse events, even without being sure of the association with the medicine.

Events must be notified by VigiMed. “The quality of the data entered in the system is fundamental to support the analysis by the specialized teams. It is important to identify the product and inform the manufacturer and the batch number ”, guides Anvisa.


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