§ Mr. Simon Hughes
To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list for each year since 1990 the total number of suspected adverse reactions to combined oral contraceptives reported via the yellow card system and the number which were fatal. 
§ Mr. Malone
[holding answer 24 April 1996]: The information is shown in the table.
Suspected adverse reactions reported to the Committee on Safety of Medicines from 1990–1995 for oral contraceptives in the United Kingdom Year Total number of suspected adverse drug reaction reports where oral contraceptives are indicated as a suspect drug Total number of suspected fatal1 adverse drug reaction reports where oral contraceptives are indicated as a suspect drug 1990 285 12 1991 215 10 1992 199 6 1993 137 14 1994 121 6 1995 232 21 1 Reports where the fatality was associated directly or indirectly with the adverse reaction.
A report of a suspected adverse drug reaction does not necessarily mean that it was caused by the drug cited.