Advice and information for consumers


My medicine: From laboratory to pharmacy shelf

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This section aims to help you find out more about the life cycle of medicines, from their first scientific discovery through to licensing and ongoing monitoring.
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Drug Analysis Prints (DAPs)

Guidance documents

DAPs contain complete listings of all suspected adverse drug reactions or side effects, which have been reported by healthcare professionals and patients to the MHRA, via the Yellow Card Scheme.

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Risks of buying medicines over the internet

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This section provides advice on the risks of buying medicines over the internet.
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Leaving hospital with a medical device

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This page provides information that may be helpful to consider when a patient or carer is leaving hospital with a medical device.
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Side effects of medicines

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These questions and answers should cover some of the questions you may have about medicines and side effects.

Counterfeit medicines and devices

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This section provides information on how we are tackling the problem of counterfeit medicines and medical devices.

Buying medical devices

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The term 'medical device' covers a huge range of products that have a medical use and are not medicines. This includes anything from walking sticks and hip replacements to glucose monitors, blood pressure machines and pregnancy testing kits. Every day in the UK, millions of people safely use medical devices.

Medicines and your family

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Although many medicines may be taken safely during pregnancy, others may pass to the baby and could harm them. Always talk to your GP or other healthcare professional such as your pharmacist or midwife to obtain advice, especially if you need to take a medicine regularly (for instance to treat a long-term condition).
Page last modified: 11 January 2013