Yellow Card Scheme

Yellow Card Scheme

This article is about Human Medicines. For Veterinary Medicines, see the Suspected Adverse Reaction Surveillance Scheme.

The Yellow Card Scheme is the UK system for collecting information on suspected Adverse Drug Reactions (ADRs) to medicines. The Scheme is run by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) and the Commission on Human Medicines (CHM) and has been in operation since 1964. Suspected ADRs are collected on all licensed medicines and vaccines, from those issued on prescription to medicines bought over the counter from a pharmacist or supermarket. The Scheme also includes all herbal preparations and unlicensed medicines. ADRs can be reported by anyone; this is usually done by healthcare professionals - including doctors, pharmacists and nurses - but patients and carers can also make reports.

The sort of ADRs that should be reported are:

  • ADR's that have caused death or a serious illness
  • Any ADR, however minor, if associated with a new medicine or one that is under continued monitoring (highlighted in the British National Formulary (BNF) with a ▼ black triangle)
  • Any ADR, however minor, if associated with a child (under 18 years of age) or in pregnancy

Yellow Cards are available from pharmacies and a few are presented near the back of the BNF as tear-off pages.

Reports can also be submitted online through the MHRA-run Yellow Card Scheme website

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