Coronavirus: new website for reporting medicines side effects and equipment incidents

A new online reporting site, dedicated to reporting any suspected side effects from medicines and  medical equipment, relating  to COVID-19  treatment, has been launched.

The new and tailored  Yellow Card  COVID-19  reporting  site  makes it quicker and simpler for healthcare professionals,  patients  and carers to report side-effects or incidents.  

The site  has been developed  as part of the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency’s (MHRA) work to protect the public through enhanced  COVID-19 vigilance and in preparation for  large-scale use of potential  new or repurposed  medicines, medical devices,  diagnostic  tests and future vaccines.

The COVID-19 Yellow Card  reports will enable MHRA to monitor  the safety of  healthcare products being used in COVID-19 treatment. In doing so, there will be rapid identification of  new or emerging risks, which might not have been previously known about and will enable the organisation to take appropriate regulatory action, where necessary. 

Dr. June  Raine,  MHRA Chief Executive  said: “While our aim is to ensure that potentially  lifesaving  COVID-19  treatments and  medical equipment reach patients as quickly as possible, patient safety is our highest priority. I  encourage healthcare professionals and patients to use our new dedicated site to report problems with  medical equipment, including ventilators or testing kits , as well as any suspected side effects from medicines used to combat COVID-19.” 

To make a  report  or find out more  about the  Yellow Card  COVID-19  reporting site  please visit:  coronavirus-yellowcard.mhra.gov.uk