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News and hot topics
28 Jan 2014 | Cosopt preservative-free eye drops – new interim container to be available from February following safety concerns
Complaints including reports of eye injury have been received about the current design of the dropper, which was introduced in July 2013. As an interim measure, Merck Sharp & Dohme Limited will replace the current container with a new improved design from 10 February 2014.
13 Jan 2014 | Informal agreement on clinical trials regulation
An agreement was reached between the Lithuanian Presidency of the EU and the European Parliament on the Clinical Trials Regulation.
09 Dec 2013 | Class 2 Medicines Recall (action within 48 hours): Jext 300 and 150 micrograms solution for injection in pre-filled pens - ALK-Abelló A/S (EL (13)A/28)
ALK-Abelló Ltd is recalling batches of Jext 300 and 150 micrograms solution for injection in pre-filled pens to patient level due to a potential problem with delivery of the dosage following activation of the auto injector has been identified.
26 Nov 2013 | Company-led drug recall: Boots Pharmaceuticals liquid medicines - The Boots Company PLC - CLDA (13)A08
A potential manufacturing fault with the tamper seal on some Boots Pharmaceuticals liquid medicines has been identified, which may result in small pieces of plastic being found in the medicine.
10 Oct 2013 | Medical Device Alert: Pressure relieving air mattresses and overlays. All models and manufacturers. (MDA/2013/073)
This Medical Device Alert has been issued as there is a risk of fatality from fire when using pressure relieving air mattresses and overlays. This alert covers all models and manufacturers of this equipment.
Contacting the MHRA
Medicines, devices and conditions
My medicine: From laboratory to pharmacy shelf
Reporting safety problems
It is crucial that issues with medicines and medical devices are reported to the MHRA, as this allows us to monitor the safety and efficacy of products, and take action if necessary. This page provides links to information about reporting problems with medicines, vaccines and devices.
Buying counterfeit medicines and medicines online
Counterfeit medicines and medicines bought online are an increasing problem, both in the UK and globally. This page provides links to information about the risks of buying medicines over the internet and counterfeit medicines and devices.
Herbal and homeopathic medicines
Herbal and homeopathic medicines and substance are medicines in their own right. As with any other medicine they are likely to have an effect on the body and should be used with care.