I have been reading about the Yellow Card scheme for reporting side effects of drugs to a government body which can investigate and take action.
I had assumed that the consultant and GP involved with my husbands dreadful hypersexuality and related destructive life would have filled in such a card.
But I am not sure so I have filled one in online. Very straightforward.If anyone else wants to do so, it might make someone take notice if there is a deluge of reports.
Here's the link:http://yellowcard.mhra.gov.uk/
At the end you can tell your story so I gave all the details!
Doubt they will believe it!
I have been reading the rports on the yellow card site.
I note that Cabergoline was withdrawn having 103 cardiac side effects and 102 psychiatric effects.
Ropinirole and Requip XL ,its later formulation ,has 493 reported psychiatric side effects.
And that's what's been reported to this public body.
Can we convince them it's only the tip of a very ugly ice-berg?
Great find, GG, well done!
Bloody good idea, that. I hope every affected PwP will take part.
Well done GG for finding this info, it will come in useful in our discussions with the drug companies and industry regulators.
Having just spent the last 2 hours looking through the reports, the situation is even worse than you think? Take the Ropinirole/requib yellow cards, you quite rightly said there are a total of 483 yellow cards under psychiatric disorders. Of the 483 psychiatric disorders cards, 95 of them are just for pathological gambling, hyper sexuality and other serious OCD issues. However i found another 46 OCD yellow cards under other headings such as; Economic and social problems, bankruptcy, criminal acts and gender cross dressing,to name but a few!
When you add it all up, there have been at least 141 yellow cards relating to serious OCD side effects. This more than any other listed yellow card side effect by a mile. Yet the manufacturer state on the website and info leaflet, the OCD side effect risk is very uncommon (less than 1 in 1,000). By contrast only 10 yellow cards have ever been recorded for nausea, vomiting and retching! Yet they clasify this side effect as being very common! I also checked cabergoline and mirapexin and if anything they worse with even more yellow cards for OCD issues, including several suicide attempts and 2 deaths.
This yellow card information proves the drug companies are currently just playing lip service and that the OCD side effects info on the drug information leaflets is mis-leading to put it mildly.
great work GG, this will come in handy.
Your research is very thorough and must have taken you ages. I am amazed at the detail of your findings and the true horror of what they reveal. Yet no action seems to have been taken...
The drug companies must be made to rewrite the leaflets to reflect what they really know about these drugs and patients need to be told.
How can they get away with these lies for that is what they really are.
Thank you for your willingness to plough through these reports and more power to your elbow in the fight against these powerful companies.
They get away with it by using brilliant delaying and stonewalling tactics, very expensive international lawyers, bottomless coffers and enormous blinkers.
Plus of course plenty of skulduggery, subterfuge and behind-the-scenes manoeuvring which we'll never get to see.
Hi all, great stuff GG and Bluey. I've just registered with the site mentioned but not sure how to find the reports that you mention. Any advice would be welcome, I am a bit of a thicko when it comes to the pc?
I am useless on the computer and just do a lot of clicking until I get somewhere!
To find the reports I...
-got on to yellow card home page via google
-Clicked sitemap at the side
-then further info
-then yellow card data
-then scrolled down to drug analysis prints
-then down to alphabet at bottom
-then to ropinirole/requip
Hope that helps but still don't know how Blueeyes found the extra categories!
Hope you filled the form in...and that they are deluged with side effects and have to act!
To find the extra data you need to scrawl through every Reaction sub heading. looking at each yellow card entry, it can take you hours! But then for someone like me who loves detail this is my poetry!
If you look at cabergoline for example, under "Social Circumstances" you will see a side effects yellow card adverse reaction recorded as "economic problems?" In other words this poor individual probably run out of money due to gambling or paying for hookers while taking cabergoline! Filing the report under social circumstances nicely sweeps the real cause of the problem under the carpet.
So I should be re-categorised as "Suicidal Tendencies", then?
way to go GG.