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Phone app launched for ‘yellow card’ scheme

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A free mobile app has been launched today for the “yellow card” scheme to help health professionals and patients report drug safety issues.

Users can also select specific medicines or vaccines to track and receive news and alerts about them. 

The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency said the new yellow card smartphone app could be used by patients, carers and healthcare professionals.

“Moving yellow card onto a mobile app is a logical progression in this digital age”

Mick Foy

It described it as “easy to use” and that it provided a “convenient alternative” to using paper forms or the yellow card scheme website.

Its key features, said the MHRA, included the ability to create a “watch list” of medications to receive official news and alerts on, and the ability to view the number of yellow cards received for specific medicines.

Mick Foy, group director for the MHRA’s vigilance and risk management of medicines division, said: “The contribution of patients, careers and healthcare professionals alike in reporting suspected side effects to the yellow card scheme is vital. 

“Moving yellow card onto a mobile app is a logical progression in this digital age, allowing us to build on the existing website to improve user engagement,” he said.

“It offers good functionality to access further safety information, and it will continue to evolve over the course of the WEB-RADR project based on user feedback,” he added.

“It will not only improve the safety of reporting but ultimately better protect people’s health”

George Freeman

The yellow card scheme, introduced in the wake of the thalidomide disaster in 1964, has become a cornerstone of the UK’s medicines monitoring system, acting as an early warning for potential side-effects and adverse reactions.

Life sciences minister George Freeman said the launch of the app would bring the 50-year-old reporting scheme into the 21st century.

“By making the scheme accessible to researchers, healthcare professionals and millions of patients, it will not only improve the safety of reporting but ultimately better protect people’s health and support research in the NHS,” he said.

Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency

Data screen shot from the yellow card scheme app

The app can be downloaded from the iTunes App Store and Google Play for an IOS or Android device. The MHRA has produced a video to support the launch

The app has been created in collaboration with the Innovative Medicines Initiative WEB-RADR project, a large-scale public-private partnership between the European Commission, national regulators, academia, small and medium-sized enterprises and the European Federation of Pharmaceutical Industry Associations.

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  • requires ios 8.2 or later

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  • michael stone

    It must make sense - assuming they get the technology to work properly - to make it as easy as possible, to give this type of feedback.

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  • Michael Stone

    Well there's a coincidence, at the same time a deadly new strain of brain cell eating bug has just been discovered for which there is no known ways of arresting its invasive activity once it reaches the comments and no treatment for the frayed nerves it causes. Like the flesh eating bug, it kills one in four, but this one of boredom on any visual contact with Michael's comments. It is known under the name of ‘MICHAELLAPIS‘!



    Flesh-eating bug ‘kills one-in-four of people it infects in UK’

    'Deadly new strain of flesh-eating bug that kills one in four of people it invasively infects spreading rapidly, scientists find'


    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/health/news/11740331/Flesh-eating-bug-kills-one-in-four-of-people-it-infects-in-UK.html

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  • michael stone

    Anonymous | 15-Jul-2015 3:19 pm

    You really should stop getting your health and science information from The Telegraph, although I admit that is a better source than The Mail.

    So in your opinion lots of us are about to die then ?: 'spreading rapidly' ... 'kills one in four of people it invasively infects'.

    Or do you mean 'a bug which quickly kills one-in-four of the people it infects' (but infects very few people) ?

    You might be interested to know that the last German offensive of WW1 was called 'Operation Michael' if my memory serves.

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  • michael stone | 16-Jul-2015 11:13 am

    the only bug I referred to is the one that permanently infects the commentary on this site!

    I do not get my health and science information from the telegraph - fool!

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  • yellow card for Michael Stone

    SE serious allergy!

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