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Latest press releases
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).
From 4 September 2014, people taking domperidone to treat nausea and vomiting will only be able to get this medicine on prescription from their doctor.
The 150th Anniversary Edition of the British Pharmacopoeia (BP) has been published today. The BP is the authoritative collection of medicinal standards used and referenced in over 100 countries. With the first edition of the BP published in 1864 and the origins of the BP extending back to 1618 the publication of the 150th Anniversary Edition represents a milestone in the history and development of quality standards for pharmaceuticals.
15 Aug 2014 | Press release: London man sentenced to 16 weeks for repeatedly selling dangerous super-strength ‘herbal’ erection drug
A 58-year-old man has today been sentenced to 16 weeks in prison at Wood Green Crown Court for the sale and supply of a potent, unlicensed erection dysfunction medicine containing four times the maximum dose of tadalafil, the active ingredient in the prescription-only medicine Cialis.
The MHRA has launched an online learning module for healthcare professionals on reducing the side effects of oral anticoagulants.
Emergency contraceptives continue to be suitable for all women who need them, regardless of the woman’s weight said the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) today. These medicines may continue to be used to prevent unintended pregnancies and should be taken as soon as possible after unprotected intercourse or contraceptive failure. This follows a European review that concluded that the benefits of emergency contraceptives continue to outweigh the risks in all women.
People using fentanyl skin (‘transdermal’) patches and their carers should check that the patches are stuck on securely and are disposed of safely. This follows reports to the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) of these patches accidentally sticking to other people’s skin on contact.
18 Jul 2014 | New independent expert advisory group to be created as the MHRA responds to Stephenson review
MHRA today announced that a new independent Devices Expert Advisory Committee (DEAC) will be established before April 2015 and will be responsible for providing independent expert advice that helps the MHRA regulate medical devices such as hips, breast implants and pacemakers.
16 Jul 2014 | Press release: Continuation of whooping cough vaccination programme for pregnant women advised as new evidence on effectiveness and safety published
Public Health England (PHE) welcomes today’s announcement from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) advising the Department of Health (DH) that the whooping cough (pertussis) vaccination programme for pregnant women should continue for a further 5 years. The advice reflects new data on vaccine effectiveness and safety published by PHE and MHRA.
01 Jul 2014 | Press statement: Bacillus cereus infections: 1 July 2014
Since the last update on 12 June 2014, a further case in the outbreak of Bacillus cereus has been identified and the total number of cases linked to this investigation is 23 (19 confirmed and 4 possible cases). This baby has sadly died and our thoughts are with the family.