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
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This medical device alert is being issued due to the risk of infection as the balloon gastrostomy kit may contain out-of-date devices.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.
01 Aug 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.
Copies of letters sent to healthcare professionals in July 2014, to inform of new safety information and advice.
30 Jul 2014 | Update: Drug Alert EL (14)A/12 - contact details amended
Update: Drug Alert EL (14)A/12 - contact details for stock enquiries have changed.
28 Jul 2014 | Class 2 medicines recall (action within 48 hours): Buccolam Oromucosal Solution manufactured by ViroPharma SPRL (EL (14)A/12)
ViroPharma SPRL is recalling specific batches of Buccolam Oromucosal Solution, listed in the attached appendix, following a routine inspection of the company’s contract manufacturing site in the UK.
24 Jul 2014 | Medical Device Alert: Surgical instrument: Standard Offset Cup Impactor manufactured by Greatbatch (MDA/2014/031)
This medical device alert is being issued due to the potential for infection from inadequately sterilized devices.
23 Jul 2014 | Medical Device Alert: Synthes trauma external fixation system (small, medium, distraction osteogenesis (DO) ring and large) manufactured by DePuy Synthes (MDA/2014/030)
This Medical device alert is being issued as due to a change in instructions for use devices are now 'MR-Conditional', placing additional restrictions on patient positioning.