Published: 10 December 2015

50 Years of Adverse Reaction Reporting

Prescriber Update 36(4): 50
December 2015

2015 marks 50 years of adverse drug reaction reporting in New Zealand. The first reports were received in April 1965, making the New Zealand programme one of the earliest established in the world.

Formation of adverse reaction monitoring centres were prompted by the thalidomide tragedy, where congenital abnormalities were observed in children born to mothers that had taken this medicine to manage morning sickness. Fortunately, the continued monitoring of adverse drug reactions have prevented another tragedy like this from occurring again.

The success of this scheme is in your hands, so please continue to report suspected adverse reactions to medicine.