SPONTANEOUS reporting of suspected adverse reactions (SARs) is an inexpensive and effective system for ensuring the continued safe and efficacious use of veterinary medicinal products following their introduction to the marketplace. This postauthorisation surveillance (pharmacovigilance) depends on the contribution and cooperation of veterinary surgeons and other health care professionals. Although SAR reporting by veterinary surgeons is voluntary in the UK, it is important that practitioners view it as a professional responsibility and recognise that the quality of data generated from spontaneous reports is determined by the quality of the information submitted. This article discusses the need for and benefits of pharmacovigilance, and highlights its importance in improving animal health and welfare, and public health.
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