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The section includes latest news and hot topics for the MHRA, details on reporting safety problems and information on specific medicines, devices and conditions.
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News and hot topics
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.
This Medical Device Alert has been issued as there is a risk of under-dosing as the device may not fully screw together.
23 Apr 2013 | Press release: Over £500,000 of unlicensed sex, diet and hair loss drugs seized in a west London raid
A haul netting more than half a million pounds of unlicensed sex, diet and hair loss drugs was seized by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) in a west London raid.
The MHRA today warned people not to buy or use potentially dangerous unlicensed Chinese medicines sold online after some products were found to contain excessive levels of mercury or lead.
Following media coverage on the inquest into the tragic death of marathon runner Claire Squires, the MHRA has issued the following statement about the action taken in August 2012 to remove sports supplement Jack3d.
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.