Intended for healthcare professionals

News

GPs are urged to report adverse drug reactions after a 37% slump over nine years

BMJ 2013; 346 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.f690 (Published 01 February 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;346:f690

Re: GPs are urged to report adverse drug reactions after a 37% slump over nine years

Thanks for writing and publishing an important article, making us aware of one of the most important actions of all that medical practitioners have to do.

I have to say that I do report adverse reactions. If 1 in 16 admissions are linked to medication error and it costs £466m (cost of reported medication error costs), then the MHRA can start thinking why reporting has gone down (obviously work load pressure) and also what can be done about increasing the reporting (maybe consider incentivising the reporter). There is no harm in asking GPs to add another task to their ‘to do list’, but if MHRA wants to avoid disappointment then they should come up with some realistic measures to solve this issue.

Competing interests: No competing interests

04 February 2013
Siddappa Gada
GP
Holbrook & Shotley Surgeries
Shotley Surgery