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Adverse Drug Events

Volume 407: debated on Friday 20 June 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many adverse drug events were reported in each year since 1998. [119963]

[holding answer 17 June 2003]: Reports of suspected adverse drug reactions (ADRs) to medicines are collated by the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) and the Committee on Safety of Medicines (CSM) through the spontaneous reporting scheme, the Yellow Card Scheme.The table shows details of the number of reports of suspected adverse drug reactions received through the Yellow Card Scheme since 1998. Reports of suspected adverse drug reactions occurring in the United Kingdom are received from health professionals on a voluntary basis and from pharmaceutical companies on a statutory basis. Reports of suspected adverse drug reaction occurring outwith the UK are received from pharmaceutical companies on a statutory basis. The figures provided relate to the number of reports received. Some reports may contain more than one reaction.

Number of UK reports receivedNumber of foreign reports receivedTotal number of reports received
199818,05728,04646,103
199918,48328,33946,822
200033,13932,06765,206
200121,46539,99061,455
200216,27844,75861,036
200316,725111,710118.435
1 2003 figures are reports received until end May.
It is important to note that a report of a suspected adverse reaction does not necessarily mean that it was caused by the medicine.