Information collected by Yellow Card
There are four critical pieces of information in a Yellow Card report
- Suspected drug
- For any given ADR it is important to include the route of administration, daily dosing schedule, dates of administration and, (for vaccines/biological medicines), the brand and batch number.
- Suspected reaction
- It is helpful to include when the reaction occurred in their treatment, the seriousness of the reaction, any treatment given and the outcome of the reaction.
- Patient details
- It is important to know the patient’s age at the time of reaction, gender and, if possible, the weight. The Yellow Card database is designed to be anonymous so full name and date-of-birth are not required, but it may be useful to provide initials and a local identification number to identify the patient in any future correspondence.
- Reporter details
- MHRA does contact reporters from time to time for further information so it is important for full details of the reporter (name and address) to be provided.
Other details may also be included if relevant. For example, any other medication taken over the past 3 months (including over-the-counter drugs), relevant past medical history and allergies, test results, any information on re-challenge with the suspected drug.