MHRA - spotlight on the decline in the number of Yellow Card reports
- 66 million potentially clinically significant errors occur per year, 71% of these in primary care
- Prescribing in primary care accounts for 33.9% of all potentially clinically significant errors
- The estimated cost of avoidable ADRs are £98.5 million per year, consuming 181,626 bed-days, causing 712 deaths, and contributing to 1,708 deaths
- Primary care ADRs leading to a hospital admission cost £83.7 million and causing 627 deaths
- Secondary care ADRs leading to a longer hospital stay cost £14.8 million and caused 85 deaths and contributing to 1,081 deaths
|Healthcare professional group||Decrease in number of reports||Decrease in 2018 compared with 2017|
|General practitioners (GPs)||–280||–4%|
|Healthcare professionals in hospitals||–53||–7%|
- Download our animation and add it to the screens in your patients’ waiting area
- Encourage dialogue regularly between your colleagues and patients, parents, and caregivers about the importance of reporting suspected adverse drug reactions to the Yellow Card Scheme and new Drug Safety Updates
- Discuss suspected adverse drug reactions that you have reported and how you’ve kept up to date with emerging safety issues with Drug Safety Update in your professional re-validation, annual appraisals and for continuing professional development (CPD) purposes
- Engage locally with your regional Yellow Card Centre or your local Medication Safety Officer (MSO) in England at your hospital trust
- See the dedicated guidance on the Yellow Card Scheme for healthcare professionals including accredited CPD e-learning modules and downloadable materials to share on social media
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Reporting of suspected adverse reactions
Reporting suspected adverse reactions (side effects) after authorisation of the medicinal product is important. It allows continued monitoring of the benefit/risk balance of the medicinal product. Healthcare professionals or patients are asked to report any suspected adverse reactions via the Yellow Card Scheme at yellowcard.mhra.gov.uk or search for MHRA Yellow Card in the Google Play or Apple App Store.
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