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CANSA Research

Research Study – Side Effects of Medication

Eligible patients and/or medicine consumers are invited to participate in a research study entitled Testing of Side Effects Reporting Tool

  • Are you taking/have you recently taken any medication (including herbal or supplements) for any condition?
  • Did you experience any unwanted side effects after taking the medicine?

To report side effects you may have experienced, go to the following website and follow the instructions

  • A side effect is any unintended negative effect that you experience after taking a medication. For example; if you take paracetamol for headache and then experience nausea or dizziness.
  • A safe medicine does not imply the absence of risk or harm (side effects).

A safe medicine is one in which the nature, severity, and frequency of side effects (risk/harm) are outweighed by the benefits.

All medicines are approved and registered by the Department of Health (DoH), using information collected during clinical trial research. After the medicine is registered, the DoH continues monitoring the safety of the medicine. Therefore, they need all people taking medicine to continue reporting information on any side effects experienced after taking the medicine.

As part of a study research, a student has developed a tool to report side effects directly to DoH. Before this tool can be accepted by DoH, it needs to be tested. We, therefore, request you to start reporting any side effects using this tool. All information provided will be kept confidential and transferred to DoH after completion of the study. This study has been approved by the Stellenbosch Human Research Ethics Committee.

Additional information and guidance on how to report the side effects can be found on the website under ‘General Information’ 

The closing date for recruitment is 13 July 2020.



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