Tech boost to drug reaction reporting

DRUG reaction reporting has been made easier for hospital doctors thanks to new software. Reports of suspected side effects or 'adverse drug reactions' (ADRs) from medicines can now be made directly to the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA).

New functionality developed by software supplier Ulysses allows clinical systems to integrate with the Yellow Card system. This means adverse reaction or medication error reporting from hospitals and trusts is now easier than before.

Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust are the first to pilot this new integrated reporting across nearly 200 of their healthcare sites, where it is hoped the new software and increased accessibility will increase reporting of ADRs.

Implementing Yellow Card reporting functionality into clinical systems has previously resulted in increased ADR reporting, with over 37,700 suspected ADR reports from clinical systems received by the MHRA between 2010, when Yellow Card reporting of suspected ADRs was introduced into the first clinical system, and the end of August 2017.

MHRA’s Mick Foy said the development was “a great step forward for patient safety.”

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