Pathology practitioners use and manage a very wide range of medicines and medical devices. This page has been specifically adapted to the needs of pathology practitioners. It includes guidance, safety alerts and links to educational material to assist pathology practitioners in the safe use and management of medicines and medical devices.
Latest news and hot topics
01 May 2013 | Peritoneal dialysis transfer sets manufactured by Baxter Healthcare Ltd (MDA/2013/027)
This Medical Device Alert has been issued as improper use of peritoneal dialysis transfer sets manufactured by Baxter Healthcare Ltd may result in contamination, leading to infection or peritonitis.
01 May 2013 | Medical Device Alert: FreeStyle InsuLinx home use blood glucose meter manufactured by Abbott Diabetes Care (MDA/2013/025)
This Medical Device Alert has been issued because at extremely high blood glucose levels of 56.8 mmol/L and above, the FreeStyle InsuLinx meter will display and store in its memory an incorrect low test result.
11 Apr 2013 | Medical Device Alert: Home use blood glucose meters: Lifescan OneTouch Verio Pro; Lifescan OneTouch Verio IQ (MDA/2013/022)
This Medical Device Alert has been issued due to a recall of One Touch Verio meters because of a software fault at glucose levels of 56.8mmol/l and above.
03 Apr 2013 | Press release: New learning guide will help doctors recognise and report drug side effects
BMJ Learning has teamed up with the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) to launch a new, interactive and multimedia learning module on pharmacovigilance.
25 Mar 2013 | Drug Safety Update: April 2013 (Volume 6, Issue 9)
Drug Safety Update is essential reading for all healthcare professionals, bringing you the very latest information and advice to support the safer use of medicines.
Drug Safety Update (DSU)
Interactive education modules
Annually many patients and staff are injured needlessly by medical devices that are either used incorrectly or badly maintained. These injuries are often due to user error or poor systems of work, not the device function or design. In these education packages we have tried to give a generic overview of some of the devices that have been reported to us as problematic.
We have produced a series of educational packages that are simple to use, informative and should take no more than thirty minutes to work through. They have all been developed by MHRA staff, some in conjunction with and endorsement by royal colleges and some attract CPD points. They provide valuable dos and don’ts when using and operating medical devices.
Links to further information
Lab Tests Online (external link)
NHS Purchasing and Supply Agency - Centre for Evidence-based Purchasing (external link)
Royal College of Pathologists (external link)
Updates to your inbox
Reporting of adverse incidents or adverse drug reactions
Any actual, suspected, potential or avoided adverse event should be reported. Further examples of cases which should be reported are available in the sections below. If in doubt, please report. You can help us by reporting adverse incidents. These reports enable us to identify medical devices and medicines that are of concern and allow us to take appropriate action.
What should I report if I suspect a medicine is associated with an adverse reaction?
Please complete a Yellow Card to report suspected adverse reactions to prescription medicines, over-the-counter medicines, or herbal remedies. For further information, please see www.yellowcard.gov.uk (external link).
Please clarify what a medical device is and what I should report?
Please see our section on reporting safety problems.
Medical Device Alerts (MDAs)
Report counterfeit medicines and devices
If you have been offered what you suspect to be counterfeit products, or have seen them for sale or have bought them we would like you to tell us.
If you have any concerns or information that may assist us in tracking down those responsible for counterfeit medicines and devices you can:
- email the Enforcement Group at email@example.com
- ring our 24 hour dedicated hotline on 020 3080 6701
- write to us at Counterfeits, The Intelligence Unit, MHRA, 151 Buckingham Palace Road, Victoria, London, SW1W 9SZ.
Guidance and publications
One Liners is a short, news sheet for healthcare professionals which highlight problems with medical devices. It is a review of user issues that have been brought to our attention and are generally reports of continuing misuse of simple medical equipment.
All medical devices can fail but an increasing number of incidents reported arise out of user problems or poor practices. The aim of the One Liner is to briefly detail some of these problems in an attempt to make users more aware of what can go wrong - it is all too easy to take equipment for granted.