The MHRA launched an EU-wide social media campaign, running from 7-11 November, to promote its Yellow Card Scheme. This scheme allows people to report possible adverse drug reactions (ADRs) – or side-effects – of medicines.
The MHRA said that collecting this information offers early warnings on safety issues with medicines and devices, which may not have been noticed otherwise. The agency said reporting suspected side-effects makes medicines safer and can help save lives.
Anyone can report suspected side-effects of medicines through the Yellow Card Scheme. The forms can be filled out online, or the Yellow Cards are also available from GPs (family doctors) or pharmacists. There is also a free Yellow Card app, which can be downloaded on Apple and Android devices, where people can make reports and track information about different medicines. As well as side-effects, people can also report defective or fake medicines and any concerns about medical devices.
Many epilepsy medicines are known to sometimes cause different side-effects, such as fatigue and memory loss. With new medicines being developed every day, for thousands of conditions, it is ever more important to report any side-effects you think your medicine might be causing.
The MHRA has put together a short animation about the importance of reporting side-effects of medicines and how you can do this.