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02 October 2015

Yellow Card Scheme available via app

Did you know you can now report problems with your medications through the Yellow Card Scheme's free mobile app? 

Yellow Card Scheme iconThe Yellow Card Scheme monitors the safety of UK medicines and acts as an early warning system to identify potential side-effects and adverse reactions from medications. This is particularly important for those with epilepsy and other long-term conditions which are managed with regular epilepsy drugs.

The scheme was first set up 50 years ago but has now moved into the digital age with its app.

Problems with epilepsy drugs

Epilepsy Society has advocated the use of the Yellow Card Scheme for many years and urges people to report any adverse side effects they've experienced including those which could be linked to switching between different versions of the same anti-epileptic drug (AED). 

The Yellow Card Scheme app supplements an existing one-stop website and is the only app to allow patients, carers and healthcare professionals to report side effects directly to the Yellow Card Scheme. This helps the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) ensure they are acceptably safe for patients.

Using the Yellow Card Scheme app

The new app enables users to:

  • create a ‘watch list’ of medications to receive official news and alerts on
  • view numbers of Yellow Cards received by MHRA for medicines of interest
  • see immediate response that shows Yellow Card has been accepted
  • submit updates to Yellow Cards already submitted
  • view previous Yellow Cards submitted through the app

It's free to use and can be downloaded from the iTunes App Store or Google Play.

Warnings over medication

The MHRA, which runs the scheme, collates and reviews reports of suspected adverse drug reactions on all licensed and unlicensed medicines and vaccines. It includes those issued on prescription as well as those bought over the counter from a pharmacist or supermarket. Yellow Cards are used alongside other scientific safety information to help MHRA make changes, if necessary, to the warnings given to people taking a medicine or vaccine, or to the way they are used, to minimise potential risks.

For more information on the app have a look at the gov.uk announcement. Alternatively, the Yellow Card scheme web site can be found at: yellowcard.mhra.gov.uk (opens new window).

Don't forget there's also an Epilepsy Society app to help you to manage your epilepsy via your smart phone, including a seizure diary, a reminders function for when to take your medication and a "my medication" section allowing you to record details of the medication you take, including photographs, to help ensure you get the same medication all the time.
Our app, the Epilepsy Tool Kit, is free of charge and available for both Android (opens in new window) and iPhone (opens in new window).