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
21 Oct 2014 | Medical Device Alert: Babytherm infant warmers and open infant care units for newborns manufactured by Draeger Medical (MDA2014/041)
This MDA has been issued due to a risk of baby falling out of the device.
15 Oct 2014 | Class 4 Drug Alert (Caution in Use): Amoxil Vials for Injection 500mg and 1g, Augmentin Intravenous 600mg and 1.2g manufactured by Beecham Group PLC and Beecham Group Ltd trading as GlaxoSmithKline UK (EL (14)A/15)
GlaxoSmithKline has informed us of a very low incidence of cracks being found in vials used for packaging of these products.
10 Oct 2014 | Information sent to healthcare professionals in September about the safety of medicines
Copies of letters sent to healthcare professionals in September 2014, to inform of new safety information and advice.
09 Oct 2014 | Medical Device Alert: LIFEPAK® 1000 defibrillator manufactured by Physio-Control (MDA/2014/040)
This Medical Device Alert is being issued as there is a risk of failure to deliver a shock.
07 Oct 2014 | Medical Device Alert: TELIGEN implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICD) and COGNIS cardiac resynchronisation therapy devices (CRT-D) manufactured by Boston Scientific (MDA/2014/039)
This medical device alert has been issued due to a risk of loss of therapy due to rapid battery depletion. Additional serial numbers of devices are affected since the manufacturer’s original notification in August 2013.
01 Oct 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.
30 Sep 2014 | Medical Device Alert: Neonatal and paediatric support devices: Gel-E Donut and Squishon 2, various part numbers, all batches, manufactured by Philips Healthcare (Children’s Medical Ventures) (MDA/2014/038)
This medical device alert is being issued due to risk of infection, breathing difficulties and allergic reactions caused by mould growth on the devices.
26 Sep 2014 | Medical Device Alert: All medical devices (MDA/2014/037)
This medical device alert is being issued due to delays in acting on Field Safety Notices (FSNs).
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.