This week, the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) is running a campaign to raise awareness of reporting medicine side-effects.
The MHRA is a UK organisation that regulates medicines and medical devices. The organisation runs the Yellow Card Scheme, which allows people to report suspected side-effects of their medicines. The campaign is aiming to raise awareness of the scheme and the importance of reporting side-effects. Reporting side-effects helps the MHRA can ensure medicines are used for maximum benefit and with minimal risk to people and help them recognise issues which may not have been previously known.
This is the third campaign from the MHRA. The organisation said last year’s campaign led to an increase in reporting of side-effects of 16% in the UK.
Anyone can report medicine side-effects in the UK through the Yellow Card Scheme, including members of the public and healthcare professionals. You can report medicine or medical device side-effects on the Yellow Card Scheme website.
There is more information about side-effects from epilepsy medicines on the Epilepsy Action website and in a recent Epilepsy Today article.