Campaign launched to help make medicines safer

Section: The ALLIANCEType: News Item Date Published: 23rd November 2017

Social media drive encourages people to report suspected side effects from over-the-counter medicines.

The Medicines Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) is running a social media campaign to encourage people to report any suspected side effects they experience from over-the-counter medicines.

While medicines are safe and effective, side effects can happen, even with over-the-counter medicines. It is important the risks associated with all medicines are understood and communicated to health professionals and people accessing support and services.

Potential side effects may range from a headache or sore stomach, to flu-like symptoms or just ‘feeling a bit off’ and reporting these can help regulators monitor medicines on the market and take the appropriate action.

Regulators such as MHRA rely on the reporting of suspected side effects to make sure medicines on the market are acceptably safe. Unfortunately, all reporting systems suffer from under reporting – which is why the campaign is important to both raise awareness and help strengthen the system.

You can help make medicines safer by reporting any suspected side effects easily and quickly online through the Yellow Card Scheme (this link will take you away from our website).

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