The app, as reported in the July Drug Safety Update, enables you to create a watchlist of medicines of interest that you can track for regular news and alerts, even if you do not have a side effect to report at the time. You can also review Yellow Card records for medicines and vaccines, as well as send your own reports on the move—with an immediate notification that your information has been received.
As at the end of August 2015, the app had been downloaded 723 times on Apple devices and 314 times on Android. This has resulted in 27 suspected adverse drug reaction reports being submitted which have contributed to our signal detection activities. Furthermore, some of the most positive feedback we have received is for the app’s suspected adverse drug reaction overviews and its news items for relevant products of interest. We are closely following the numbers of suspected adverse drug reactions received via the app and the safety issues identified from these reports. We are also looking at the most common medicines that are being followed by app users via their watchlists to help us understand what news and information is of most interest to users.
If you have already downloaded the app, why not start building up your watchlist? You can use this to receive information about medicines you frequently prescribe, medicines used in an area in which you specialise, or those that you or a family member are taking.
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Article citation: Drug Safety Update vol 9 issue 2 September 2015: 2.