Yellow Card App: download the updated App to receive the latest MHRA safety news and report suspected side effects, including in pregnancy

The Yellow Card App has been updated to make it easier to use, to have useful new features, and to support reporting a suspected reaction related to medicine exposure during pregnancy. Download the App today and let us know your thoughts.

Yellow Card App

The Yellow Card App was first launched in 2015 to bring medicines safety straight to users’ smartphones and has had more than 10,000 downloads to date. The App is available for download free of charge from iTunes Yellow Card for iOS devices or PlayStore Yellow Card for Android devices.

The Yellow Card App can be used to:

  • Report a suspected adverse drug reaction (ADR) to a medicine, including vaccines, herbal products, and homeopathic remedies

  • Stay up to date with all the latest safety information published by the MHRA, including Drug Safety Update, using the newsfeed

  • Create watchlists for alerts to new safety information about your medicines of interest

  • View numbers of reports received by the MHRA to specific medicines and vaccines

  • View your previously sent reports as a registered user

Updated Yellow Card App

To provide an improved user experience, the Yellow Card App has undergone a major revamp. The updated App is more stable and simplifies existing features such as reporting of suspected adverse drug reactions (ADRs). The App also has easier navigation, with the ability to view newsfeed articles within the App. You can read Drug Safety Update every month this way.

New features

The updated Yellow Card App has a range of exciting new features, such as improved security, quick log in using Touch ID or Face ID, and improved news and data visualisations. The App can also be used while offline to create and save reports to send later. Registered users have access to an enhanced watchlist and view of previously submitted reports, while limited functionality is now available to guest users who can view the MHRA’s general newsfeed, report a suspected ADR, and look at Yellow Card data on medicines, without needing to log in or create an account.

To support the monitoring of safety of medicines used during pregnancy, the Yellow Card app is piloting additional questions on medicine use during pregnancy. These questions will be triggered if the patient is female and of childbearing age, or where a parent is reporting a suspected adverse drug reaction in a child. You are encouraged to add information on the trimester of drug exposure, scans, previous pregnancies, use of supplements, and whether any suspected adverse effect occurred during the pregnancy. Any feedback from the pilot will be considered to further improve the questions, before being added to the Yellow Card website reporting form.

Your feedback

Download the updated App today and try it out for yourself!

Further work is planned to continue to improve the Yellow Card App and support safety monitoring of medicines. Contact us at web-radr@mhra.gov.uk with your views and suggestions on the App and any features you would like to see added.

Article citation: Drug Safety Update volume 12, issue 6: January 2019: 3.

Published 9 January 2019
Last updated 9 January 2019 + show all updates
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