Emma Friedmann talks about the Yellow Card scheme at #lcil24 newsroom.
The Yellow Card scheme was set up in 1964 following the thalidomide disaster. Doctors, dentists and coroners were provided with pre-paid cards to send in reports of suspected adverse reactions to licensed drugs. Hospital pharmacists were added as reporters in 1997, community pharmacists in 1999 and nurses, midwives and health visitors in 2002. Following a review of the working of the scheme in 2004 direct patient reporting was commenced.
The scheme is run jointly by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency and the Committee on Safety of Medicines.
For more information on the Yellow Card Scheme visit the Yellow Card website.