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
Information sent to healthcare professionals in October about the safety of medicines.
04 Nov 2014 | Class 2 medicines recall (action within 48 hours): Zovirax Eye Ointment manufactured by The Welcome Foundation Limited trading as GlaxoSmithKline UK (EL (14)A/16)
GlaxoSmithKline UK is recalling specificbatches of Zovirax Eye Ointment as a precaution because the batches of active pharmaceutical ingredient used in their manufacture were found to contain metal particles which were outside the upper specification limit for particle size.
03 Nov 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.
03 Nov 2014 | Medical Device Alert: Hudson RCI© nebulizer adaptors and Aquapak sterile water with nebulizer adaptors manufactured by Teleflex Medical (MDA/2014/042)
This MDA has been issued due to the risk of the packaging of these devices not being sealed properly.
21 Oct 2014 | Medical Device Alert: Babytherm infant warmers and open infant care units for newborns manufactured by Draeger Medical (MDA/2014/041)
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.
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.