Reporting side-effects

February 13, 2013

The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) and pharmacy organisations are encouraging the public to let them know about any side-effects from medicines. The Yellow Card Scheme allows you to report these.

All medicines can cause side effects (also called adverse drug reactions). Many side effects are mild, but some can be serious and even life-threatening. Others appear after taking a medicine for a long time or even after stopping a medicine, and some may not yet be known.

It is important for people to report these side effects through the Yellow Card Scheme so that any problems or possible safety issues can be identified.

If a new side effect is found, the MHRA will look at the information for people giving and taking the medicine – ultimately helping to make medicines even safer.

To find out more or report a side-effect, go to yellowcard.mhra.gov.uk.

Or call the Yellow Card hotline on 0808 100 3352 (freephone) – Monday-Friday, 10am – 2pm.