New Federal Website For Reporting Adverse Reactions To Animal Food And Drugs

On May 24th, 2010 the Food and Drug Administrations teamed up with the National Institutes of Health to launch a new website called the Safety Reporting Portal.  The site is designed to allow veterinarians and pet owners to report adverse reactions to pet food and treats.  It also allows manufacturers of animal drugs to report adverse reactions to their products. 

I applaud the decision to allow electronic reporting of adverse events.  I hope it will speed up the process.  In the past, adverse events often required filling out reports for multiple agencies.  Then it took a prolonged period of time for the mail to actually reach the intended agency.  This is a result of the anthrax scare from many years ago.  Hopefully, this new system will allow the FDA and NIH to identify problems quickly and disseminate information to the veterinary and pet owner population in rapid fashion.    

Although I am in favor of electronic reporting, I have to warn you that the site is awkward to navigate.  I would start with the FAQ’s page at www.safetyreporting.hhs.gov/fpsr/FAQ.aspx, then explore from there.  The animal section contains a lot of great information although it often takes a little effort to find what you want.        

Published by kristennelsondvm

Dr. Kristen Nelson grew up on a farm in Watertown, Minn., where she developed a deep love for animals of all kinds. She received a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the University of Minnesota, College of Veterinary Medicine. Kris then completed a small-animal internship at the prestigious Animal Medical Center in New York City. In addition to writing and speaking, she cares for small and exotic animals in Scottsdale, Az. Dr. Nelson is widely quoted in the media. Her credits include Ladies’ Home Journal, USA TODAY, the Los Angeles Times and numerous radio and television interviews. Dr. Nelson has written two books, Coated With Fur: A Vet’s Life and Coated With Fur: A Blind Cat’s Love. Kris and her husband Steve share their home with rescued cats, birds and a dog.

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