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Drug Reactions (Chemists' Reports)

Volume 982: debated on Monday 31 March 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what advice is given by his Department to dispensing chemists throughout the United Kingdom concerning the reporting of adverse reactions to drugs; if the yellow card system for chemists operates; and if he will make a statement.

Pharmacists have been asked by the Committee on Safety of Medicines (CSM) to assist and encourage doctors and dentists with reporting of suspected adverse reactions to drugs or other medicinal products. They also receive copies of the committee's warning leaflets. They are not, however, asked to report adverse reactions directly to the CSM since only doctors and dentists are able to assess a possible relationship between treatment and subsequent clinical events.