Corporate Banner
Satellite Banner
Technology
Networks
Scientific Communities
 
Become a Member | Sign in
Home>News>This Article
  News
Return

Side Effects to be Discovered more Quickly, Leading to Safer Prescribing

Published: Monday, April 15, 2013
Last Updated: Monday, April 15, 2013
Bookmark and Share
BMJ Learning has teamed up with the MHRA to launch a new, interactive and multimedia learning module on pharmacovigilance.

The module will support healthcare professionals know how and when to report side effects of medications – an essential element of patient safety.

Drug side effects are a major public health concern worldwide and are amongst the leading cause of death in many countries. Although no medicine is ever completely free of risk, the World Health Organization estimates that at least 60% of adverse drug reactions are preventable.

Effective reporting of drug reactions is an important way for healthcare professionals to contribute to the safer use of medicines. In the UK, this is done by completing a Yellow Card and submitting it to the MHRA. This is a quick and easy process, and can be done online or by post.

Although this Yellow Card scheme provides valuable information, its effectiveness is limited by under-reporting. Busy healthcare workers may mistakenly assume that reporting is a time consuming and complicated process, or that the information they have is not useful.

This module will help to change that view. After completing the module, healthcare professionals will understand the importance of continuous monitoring for adverse drug effects, know which type of situation should trigger a report through the Yellow Card scheme, and be able to fill out a Yellow Card correctly.

They should also know where to find up-to-date information on adverse effects of drugs, and be able to use that information to make safe prescribing choices.

One doctor who completed the module said: "Interesting and very relevant. Will encourage me to adverse report more often.” Another commented: “Very simple to follow. Good videos. Useful - will pay more attention to yellow cards from now on."

Dr June Raine, Director of Vigilance and Risk Management of Medicines at the MHRA said: "The education module that has been developed has been written for healthcare professionals who routinely make decisions about prescribing, supplying or administering medicines. We hope it provides a useful tool in professional development and increasing understanding of the role of healthcare professionals in contributing to the knowledge and understanding of the risks and side-effects of medicines. This in turn should help in making treatment choices with patients."

Dr Kieran Walsh, Clinical Director of BMJ Learning, said: "Adverse side effects to new or old drugs happen all the time, but they are not reported as often as they should be to the correct authorities. This module explains to all healthcare professionals how to do this. It is an important guide to help everyone improve their performance in this essential component of patient safety."


Further Information

Join For Free

Access to this exclusive content is for Technology Networks Premium members only.

Join Technology Networks Premium for free access to:

  • Exclusive articles
  • Presentations from international conferences
  • Over 3,500+ scientific posters on ePosters
  • More Than 5,000+ scientific videos on LabTube
  • 35 community eNewsletters


Sign In



Forgotten your details? Click Here
If you are not a member you can join here

*Please note: By logging into TechnologyNetworks.com you agree to accept the use of cookies. To find out more about the cookies we use and how to delete them, see our privacy policy.

Related Content

UK Moves Towards Safe and Effective Electronic Cigarettes and Other NCPs
All nicotine-containing products, such as electronic cigarettes, are to be regulated as medicines in a move to make these products safer and more effective to reduce the harms of smoking.
Friday, July 12, 2013
MHRA Appoints New Chief Executive
The Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) announced the appointment of Dr Ian Hudson as its Chief Executive.
Friday, July 05, 2013
Man Jailed in Pre-Clinical Trial Data Scam Case
The man was sentenced to three months in prison for altering pre-clinical trial data designed to support applications to perform clinical trials.
Friday, April 19, 2013
Warning Over Potentially Toxic Chinese Herbal Medicine
MHRA warn people not to use Zheng Tian Wan to treat migraines.
Thursday, April 18, 2013
MHRA Prioritises Science and Research Support as Part of New Corporate Plan
MHRA announced its aim to be a leading regulator on the world stage in supporting science and research as part of its new five-year corporate plan.
Monday, April 15, 2013
The Medicines Act Hits 40
The 25th October 2008 will mark the 40th birthday of the Medicines Act. For the past 40 years, the Act has served as the corner-stone of domestic medicines regulation, safe guarding public health.
Friday, October 24, 2008
New Web Resource About Medicines
From today, people can access a new authoritative source of information on the Internet about medicines.
Friday, September 26, 2008
British Pharmacopoeia Launches New Website
The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has today launched the new British Pharmacopoeia (BP) website www.pharmacopoeia.gov.uk.
Tuesday, September 09, 2008
Scientific News
Mass Spec Technology Drives Innovation Across the Biopharma Workflow
With greater resolving power, analytical speed, and accuracy, new mass spectrometry technology and techniques are infiltrating the biopharmaceuticals workflow.
One Step Closer to Precision Medicine for Chronic Lung Disease Sufferers
A study led by University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and National Jewish Health, has provided evidence of links between SNPs and known COPD blood protein biomarkers.
Gene Regulation in Brain May Explain Repetitive Behaviors in Rett Syndrome Patients
The research could be a key step in developing treatments to eliminate symptoms that drastically impair the quality of life in Rett patients.
Heart Arrhythmia Caused by Mosaic of Mutant Cells
Researchers have solved the genetic mystery of an infant suffering from heart arrhythmia.
Iron Nanoparticles Make Immune Cells Attack Cancer
Researchers accidentally discover that nanoparticles invented for anemia treatment can trigger the immune system’s ability to destroy tumor cells.
Crispr Toolbox Expanded By Protein
Researchers have shown a newly discovered CRISPR protein has two distinct RNA cutting activities.
Atmosphere Acidity Minimised to Preindustrial Levels
Sheet ice study shows acidic pollution of the atmosphere has now almost returned to preindustrial levels.
New Therapeutic Target for Crohn’s Disease
A promising new target for drugs that treat IBD has been identified along with a possible biomarker for IBD severity.
Culex Mosquitoes Do Not Transmit Zika
A study of the Culex species mosquito appears to show that the species does not transmit Zika virus.
Uncovering Water Bear Resilience
A protein identified in water bears can protect DNA of human cells from lethal doses of radiation damage.
Scroll Up
Scroll Down
Skyscraper Banner

Skyscraper Banner
Go to LabTube
Go to eposters
 
Access to the latest scientific news
Exclusive articles
Upload and share your posters on ePosters
Latest presentations and webinars
View a library of 1,800+ scientific and medical posters
3,500+ scientific and medical posters
A library of 2,500+ scientific videos on LabTube
5,000+ scientific videos
Close
Premium CrownJOIN TECHNOLOGY NETWORKS PREMIUM FOR FREE!