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Medicines Safety Week - #MedSafetyWeek

06 Nov 23

This year is the eighth annual #MedSafetyWeek and the theme is who can report. Patients, doctors, nurses, and pharmacists all have a key role to play in the cycle of medicines safety.

We take medicines to help manage our health, but sometimes we get other adverse effects that we may think are related to our medicines.  If this happens to you:

  1. Check the patient information leaflet supplied with your medicine as it lists known side effects and advises what to do.
  2. Ask your doctor, pharmacist or nurse for advice.
  3. You can report the side effect yourself via the Yellow Card Scheme, particularly if it is not mentioned in the patient information leaflet.

Always talk to your doctor, pharmacist or nurse if you have any symptoms that worry you.

You can report in a few different ways:

  • Online at mhra.gov.uk/yellowcard
  • Using the free Yellow care mobile app
  • Using a paper form that you can get from your doctor or pharmacist, which you can post to FREEPOST YELLOW CARD
  • By calling the Yellow Card Information Service freephone on 0808 100 3352

The information on yellow cards is collected from all people taking medicines, parents, carers and healthcare professionals.  These reports can be used to identify side effects and other problems which might not have been known before.

If new information is found, how the medicine is used may be reviewed and warnings given to people taking the medicine may change.

Any information you provide will be kept safe, secure and confidential.  No details that could identify you will be passed on without your permission.

You can also report issues with medicines, vaccines, herbal or homeopathic remedies, as well as safety problems with e-cigarettes and their refills.

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