Some products may appear to be medical devices are actually medicines, for example pre-filled syringes, hormonal contraceptives, or hormonal contraceptive coil.
These are items used to treat or diagnose a condition or an illness, or help with a disability. For example medical devices include: equipment, dressings, implants, artificial limbs, blood glucose strips and meters, low dose heparin preparations for flushing catheters, some types of eye drops, insulin pens, thermometers, wheelchairs and some software/apps.
Reporting safety concerns about a e-cigarette or refill containers (otherwise known as e-liquids). This can be reports of side effects or other specific safety concerns regarding the use of these products.
These are unwanted effects that you consider are linked to taking a medicine. Side effects also include any effects from: misuse, abuse, an error in the way the medicine has been given or overdose (taking too much medicine). Reports can be made for any medicine (including specials and unlicensed products), any vaccine, herbal product, and complimentary remedies such as homeopathic remedies, blood factors (e.g. factors I to XIII) and immunuloglobulins (e.g. anti-D (RHO) immunoglobulin). You can even report suspected side effects from a drug you think might be happening as a result of interactions with food and drink.
This is where a medicine is not of an acceptable quality.
Still unsure? Call us on 020 3080 6000.
We cannot give you medical advice. If you are worried about your health:
- Talk to your doctor, pharmacist or nurse
- Call the NHS
- NHS 111 in England and Scotland on 111 (textphone 18001 111)
- NHS Direct Wales/Galw IECHYD Cymru on 0845 46 47 (textphone 0845 606 46 47)
- NHS Northern Ireland
Always read the patient information leaflet, or instruction supplied with your medicine or medical device. It lists the known side effects or problems and advises you on what to do.
Download the Yellow Card App!
You can now receive news updates from the MHRA and report side effects to medicines via the Yellow Card app.
At the moment you will need to create a separate account on the app to report. Please download it from the Apple App Store. or Google Play Store .
If you have any comments on the app please contact us.