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Latest press releases
25 Nov 2014 | Press release: Yellow Card Scheme looks to the future at 50th anniversary forum as MHRA signs up to safety
The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) today hosted an expert stakeholder forum to develop a future roadmap for the Yellow Card Scheme, as the adverse reaction reporting system celebrates its 50th anniversary.
03 Nov 2014 | Press Release : Professor Sir Michael Rawlins appointed Chair of Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency
The Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency today announced the appointment of Professor Sir Michael Rawlins as its new Chair. He will take up post formally from 01 December 2014 and his appointment will be for three years.
MHRA today announced the UK’s biggest ever single seizure of smart drugs, also known as cognitive enhancers or nootropics. With over 20,000 units, of 13 different types of cognitive enhancement medicines. The seizure represents an approximate value of £200,000.
17 Oct 2014 | Press release: Regulator warns dentists about the dangers of buying and using counterfeit and unapproved dental equipment
The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) is warning dentists about the potential danger of buying and using counterfeit and unapproved dental equipment. This follows the seizure of over 12,000 different pieces of poor quality dental equipment imported into the UK from China and Pakistan and sold on auction websites such as eBay, Amazon and Alibaba in the past 6 months.
17 Oct 2014 | MHRA statement on misuse of laxatives
MHRA has issued a statement following the BBC Watchdog investigation into the availability of stimulant laxatives in the UK, first broadcast on Thursday 16 October.
13 Oct 2014 | Press release: ‘One stop shop’ for advice on regenerative medicine opening for business
A new ‘one stop shop’ that will provide regulatory advice for those working in the life sciences industry on exciting regenerative medicines has been launched today.
10 Oct 2014 | Press release: MHRA responds to European Medicines Agency recommendations on the use of valproate medicines
The Pharmacovigilance Risk Assessment Committee (PRAC) of the European Medicines Agency (EMA) has recommended strengthening the restrictions on the use of valproate medicines due to an increased risk of birth defects and developmental problems in children exposed to valproate in the womb.
The National Institute for Biological Standards and Control (NIBSC), a centre of the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), has signed an agreement with University College London (UCL) to maximise and further promote scientific collaboration in the field of advanced therapies.
25 Sep 2014 | Press release: New guidance on reporting suspected adverse drug reactions in children and neonates
The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has announced new simplified guidance for healthcare professionals reporting suspected adverse drug reactions (ADRs) in children to its Yellow Card Scheme.
05 Sep 2014 | Press release: UK regulator leads innovative EU project on the use of smartphones and social media for drug safety information
The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) is leading a consortium of organisations including European medicines regulators, academics and the pharmaceutical industry in a three year project to develop new ways of gathering information on suspected adverse drug reactions (ADRs).