Our newest unit, produced in association with the MHRA, explains how you can help to improve the safety of medicines
We all take medicines and medicinal preparations at some point in our lives – indeed some of us depend on them to keep us alive. But even the simplest of drugs can cause adverse reactions (ADRs), often in particular patients or when taken in combination with other drugs. Most adverse reactions are minor, but some are serious or even fatal. In order to protect patients from harm, it is essential that information on adverse reactions is collated and analysed to find their causes and take appropriate action. In most cases action simply involves issuing information and advice on cautions and contraindications, but occasionally more radical action is needed if a drug is causing serious harm.
The system for collating and analysing ADRs in the UK is operated by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency. Its Yellow Card Scheme enables health professionals and anyone else who suspects a dug has caused an adverse reaction to report it quickly and easily.
We are delighted to have worked with the MHRA on our Nursing Times Learning unit Adverse Drug Reactions: The Yellow Card Scheme. This important unit is free to all registered users of nursingtimes.net, and gives comprehensive information on when and how to report suspected ADRs. Working through this unit might just give you the knowledge that saves the lives of people you will never even meet.