Essential medicines and health products

Drug Alerts

WHO issues a rapid Drug alert whenever a serious problem in the safety of any medicinal product arises. Focal points from different departments within WHO constitute the Alert Committee.

On receiving information, on a ‘potential’ alert, a rapid, ad hoc meeting of the Alert Committee is arranged to validate the information for its source and authenticity, to check for any causality relationship that might have been established, to assess the extent of distribution of the product etc. If the material warrants rapid and worldwide distribution, a Drug alert is composed and mailed to the regulatory authorities and nominated National Information Officers in the Member States.

List of released DRUG ALERTS