Suspected Medicine Adverse Reaction Search

Essential information about the Suspected Medicine Adverse Reaction Search (SMARS)

An assessment of the safety of a medicine cannot be made using only the information contained in SMARS.

Medsafe advises patients not to make any changes to their medicine treatment based on information contained in SMARS. Changes to treatment should only be made following consultation with a healthcare professional.

When using SMARS you should remember that:

SMARS contains anonymised information from reports of suspected adverse reactions to medicines but does not include the following:

Please note that some non-causally related suspected adverse reactions may be included in SMARS if the report also contained a causally related suspected adverse reaction.

About the release of this information

This information is released in keeping with the purpose of the Official Information Act 1982 to progressively increase the availability of official information to the people of New Zealand. The data contained in SMARS does not include any personal information within the meaning of the Privacy Act 1993.

Use of SMARS data

If you wish to copy or circulate information from SMARS please ensure that a copy of these guidelines is provided. Prior to any publication of this data you must contact CARM and Medsafe and include in the publication:

Further information

If you require further information please contact Medsafe by emailing medsafeadrquery@moh.govt.nz or by telephoning 04 819 6800.