Yellow Card Scheme 50 today

Tuesday will see the 60th year since the breaking of the four minute mile by Roger Bannister, but today has an equally important milestone. The UK's Yellow Card scheme for the collection of spontaneous reports of suspected harm from medicines was started 50 years ago today. [caption id="attachment_2669" align="aligncenter" width="592"] The 1964 letter…

Errors and regulatory agencies

The new EU Pharmacovigilance definition of an adverse drug reaction now includes medication errors. This is welcome news. It is impossible to separate the regulation of medicines from medication errors; the boundaries between a medication error and an adverse drug reaction are too fuzzy. Long before the UK's decision to…

Regulation and drug safety

Modern day drug safety in developed countries does not generally involve poor product quality. This isn't to say problems don't arise, the FDA and MHRA had to shut Chiron's vaccine plant in Liverpool for some time. Followers of the MHRA Drug Alerts service will also be aware of the drug…
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