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(From The Guardian)
Byline: SARAH BOSELEY HEALTH EDITOR
People who suffer severe side-effects from medicine will for the first time be able to pick up the phone to report such problems to the authorities instead of having to see their GP, under a new scheme to be launched today.
The move towards patient empowerment from the medicines control agency, which regulates drugs, is long awaited. Doctors are supposed to report problems their patients have with drugs - and particularly new drugs - through the yellow card scheme, but only a minority ever fill in a card. It has been suggested that as little as 1% of all the problems experienced by patients …