Getting a blue card

Should pharmacists routinely hand out adverse event reporting cards? A petition calling for this is now before Parliament

A petition presented to the House of Representatives this week calls for adverse event reporting cards to be handed out at every medicine transaction by pharmacists.

The petition, tabled in Parliament on 25 June, says such a move is necessary to improve the poor reporting of adverse medicine events.

“A very small percentage of adverse effects are actually reported (research suggest around 5%); it is impossible to judge how common an adverse effect might be because there is rarely any denominator data, such as the number of prescriptions written for a specific drug; the quality of information reported is not always good enough to make a scientific case for a causal link between medicine and effect,” the petition stated, quoting the WHO Collaborating Centre for International Drug Monitoring.

It also stated Australian research reporting on lack of warning information on the risk of adverse events for antidepressants.

“TGA Blue cards should be given (with directions to equivalent online reporting) to every consumer at the point of drug sale and regularly to every patient in Australia,” the petition demanded. 

“…. there is low awareness of available reporting systems…Significant resources may be needed to support an enhanced consumer reporting scheme.” 

Click here to see a TGA ‘Blue Card’ adverse reaction reporting form 

The petition had been signed by 156 citizens, according to parliamentary reports.

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