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Patients will be able to report drugs' side effects

BMJ 2004; 328 doi: (Published 06 May 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;328:1095
  1. Keren Williams
  1. London

    Patients who suspect they have experienced side effects of drugs will be able to report direct to the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency, under new proposals for the “yellow card” notification scheme being considered by the Department of Health. Currently only doctors, dentists, coroners, pharmacists and nurses can submit reports.

    It is hoped that giving patients direct access will increase reports received by the agency. Since the yellow card scheme started 40 years ago, there have been some 500 000 reports of drug reactions, but it is widely believed many side effects go unreported. Pilot schemes should be used to …

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