This section includes current and historic:
- drug alerts on defective medicines
- medical device alerts and their predecessors
- safety warnings and messages about medicines, including letters sent to health professionals.
Latest safety warnings, alerts and recalls
17 Sep 2014 | Medical Device Alert: Portex® endotracheal tube holder (2.5mm and 3.0mm) manufactured by Smiths Medical (MDA/2014/036)
This medical device alert is being issued due to the risk of extubation or delay to therapy as there may be difficulty passing a suction catheter through the endotracheal tube when the holder is locked.
16 Sep 2014 | Medical Device Alert: Ellipse™ VR/DR implantable cardioverter defibrillators manufactured by St Jude Medical (MDA/2014/035)
This medical device alert is being issued due to a potential failure mode which can delay or reduce the therapy that can be delivered by the ICD.
Copies of letters sent to healthcare professionals in August 2014, to inform of new safety information and advice.
05 Sep 2014 | Update: Drug Alert EL (14)A/14 - contact details amended
Update: Drug Alert EL (14)A/14 - Contact details for stock enquiries have changed.
03 Sep 2014 | Class 2 medicines recall (action within 48 hours): Motilium 10 10mg Tablets and Motilium Instants10mg Orodispersible Tablets manufactured by McNeil Products Limited (EL (14)A/14)
Johnson & Johnson Ltd., on behalf of the Marketing Authorisation Holder McNeil Products Limited, is
recalling all unexpired stock of the above products following a Europe-wide review of the safety and
efficacy of all domperidone products.
02 Sep 2014 | Medical Device Alerts - monthly lists and yearly reviews
A month-by-month list of MDAs that we have issued in 2014, and lists of archived MDAs.
27 Aug 2014 | Medical Device Alert: Basin/bowl liner or equipment cover (drape) manufactured by Microtek Medical (MDA/2014/034)
This medical device alert is being issued due to the risk of some of the devices within the highlighted product codes having small cracks or holes. This could compromise the sterile field.
20 Aug 2014 | Medical Device Alert: Insulin syringe 1ml safety syringe 27G (for professional use) manufactured by Medicina Ltd (MDA/2014/033)
This MDA is being issued due to affected devices unable to deliver fewer than 7 units of insulin. In addition, the safety and performance of these devices has not been properly evaluated and so the CE marking of all of these devices is invalid.
This medical device alert is being issued due to the risk of infection as the balloon gastrostomy kit may contain out-of-date devices. In addition, the safety and performance of these devices has not been properly evaluated and so the CE marking is invalid.
13 Aug 2014 | Class 2 medicines recall (action within 48 hours): Idarubicin 1mg/ml injection 5 & 10 ml manufactured by Teva UK Limited (EL (14)A/13)
Teva UK Limited is recalling, as a precautionary measure, two batches of Idarubicin 1mg/ml injection following discovery of a red precipitate during stability testing under cold storage conditions.