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If you get involved with the Know Your Drugs global awareness campaign, an important message to share with your family and friends is to report adverse drug reactions as a consumer, parent, guardian, or caregiver to the government department in their country responsible for making sure a drug is safe after it gets approved and starts being marketed. The more reports the government department receives, the more likely it is to require a pharmaceutical company to do further testing, issue a safety warning and, if necessary, recall an unsafe prescription drug.

Before they submit a report, it would be helpful for them to get a free RxISK Report which indicates how likely it was that the adverse reaction was caused by the prescription drug. Many people think that drug side effects are symptoms of the illness, disease or disorder the drug is supposed to treat. Some people even think they got their prescription just in time because their condition got worse shortly after starting the drug, not being aware that what they experienced might have been an adverse drug reaction.

RxISK Reports can also be shared with prescribing doctors, who are often not aware of the most serious side effects of a drug, such as death or permanent disability, because of the fraudulent concealment by a pharmaceutical company of negative data from clinical trials or post-approval studies. In some cases, this deception goes on for decades. A good example is Purdue Pharma, which concealed clinical trial data about how addicting the opioid painkiller OxyContin was to get it approved in the United States by the Food and Drug Administration in 1995, which prevented people from making informed choices about use. By 2019, OxyContin and other opioids had caused hundreds of thousands of overdose deaths worldwide.