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4.2 Reporting by whom?
Professionals working in healthcare are the preferred source of information in pharmacovigilance, for example family practitioners, medical specialists and pharmacists. Dentists, midwives, nurses and other health workers may also administer or prescribe drugs and should report relevant experiences.
In addition pharmacists and nurses can play an important role in the stimulation of reporting and in the provision of additional information (for example, on co-medication and previous drug use).
Pharmaceutical manufacturers, being primarily responsible for the safety of their products, have to ensure that suspected adverse reactions to their products are reported to the competent authority. If adverse reactions are reported directly by patients to the national or local centre, it is useful to consider the possibility of communication with their physicians for additional information and data verification.