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This page highlights information of specific interest to patients and carers.

The page is kept updated with news, events and information for people who have a personal interest in the development and availability of medicines in the European Union. 

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  • Reporting side effects

    As a patient, you have the right to report side effects of medicines directly to the authorities. The EMA has published a leaflet in all EU languages on how to report side effects for yourself or on behalf of someone in your care. You usually do this by filling in a form available online or from your doctor or pharmacist.

    You can also use the European database of suspected adverse drug reaction reports to see information on suspected side effects reported with thousands of different medicines.

  • Involvement of patients and consumers in the Agency's activities

    Patients and consumers are the end-users of the medicines that the European Medicines Agency evaluates, so they are key stakeholders with specific knowledge and expertise to offer the Agency.

    The Agency is committed to maintaining a strong working relationship with patients and consumers and is interacting with a growing number of patients’ and consumers’ organisations.

    See more information on the Agency's work with patients and consumers.

  • Searching for medicines by therapeutic area

    It is possible to browse for a medicine by therapeutic area. The Agency categorises each medicine it assesses using a taxonomy which can be easily browsed. Go to European public assessment reports (EPARs) and use the 'browse by therapeutic area' tab.

  • Beware of falsified medicines! 

    Falsified medicines are fake medicines that may enter the supply chain illegally. Be careful about the way you buy medicines. Find more information on falsified medicines.

  • Search for herbal medicines

    The Agency is responsible for supporting the harmonisation of herbal medicinal products in Europe. Search for herbal medicines assessed by the Agency's Committee on Herbal Medicinal Products.

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