The Yellow Card scheme was set up in 1964 arising from 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 will be allowed in the near future.
The scheme is run jointly by the Medicines and Healthcare products
Regulatory Agency and the Committee on Safety of Medicines.
If you would like to complete a Yellow Card please go to the page Complete
a Yellow Card
For more information on the Yellow Card Scheme visit www.yellowcard.gov.uk.