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a red liquid medicine spoon imageNovember 22 2017

The public and health professionals are being asked to consider reporting side effects from over the counter medicines via the Yellow Card scheme.

A week-long social media campaign being run by the medicines regulator, the MHRA, aims to promote recognition and reporting of suspected side effects.

“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 patients,” said the MHRA.

“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 action as appropriate.”

Running until November 24 as part of an EU-wide awareness week, the campaign includes a YouTube video and the hashtag #PatientSafety for use on social media.

Mick Foy, Group Manager for MHRA’s Vigilance and Risk Management of Medicines division, said: “The most important part of our work is making sure the medicines you and your family take are effective and acceptably safe. Our campaign will help the public, patients and healthcare professionals report potential side effects and have confidence that their reports are making a difference.”

The public and health professionals can use the Yellow Card website to report a counterfeit medicine or device. Alternatively, they can contact MHRA’s dedicated 24-hour hotline on 020 3080 6701, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or write to: Counterfeits, The Intelligence Unit, MHRA, 151 Buckingham Palace Road, Victoria, London, SW1W 9SZ.

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