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
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.
22 Jul 2014 | Medical Device Alert: Ventstar disposable breathing systems manufactured by Draeger (MDA/2014/029)
This MDA is being issued as due to a manufacturing issue, there is the potential for loose adhesive residue to be inside the breathing systems.
22 Jul 2014 | Class 2 medicines recall (action within 48 hours): Amoxicillin Sodium 500mg Powder for Solution for Injection manufactured by Wockhardt UK Ltd (EL (14)A/11)
Further to the Class 4 ‘caution in use’ Alert issued on 9 July 2014, ref. EL (14)A/09, Wockhardt UK Ltd has received a small number of additional reports of injection site reactions in both paediatrics and adults. As a precaution, some batches of the 500mg presentation are now being recalled.
16 Jul 2014 | Class 2 medicines recall (action within 48 hours): Midazolam Buccal Liquid 10mg / 1ml, 5ml manufactured by Penn Pharma, distributed in Quantum Pharmaceutical livery (EL (14)/A10)
Specific batches of Midazolam Buccal Liquid 10mg / 1ml, 5ml are being recalled because the screw caps on some units have not been correctly placed during manufacture. This may result in evaporation of the aqueous component of the product and a consequent increase in the concentration of Midazolam.
11 Jul 2014 | Medical Device Alert: Update to MDA/2014/022: Procedure packs containing various central venous catheters manufactured by Arrow International (a division of Teleflex) (MDA/2014/028)
The Medical Device Alert has been issued as an update to MDA/2014/022, procedure packs containing various central venous catheters manufactured by Arrow International (a division of Teleflex).
This MDA has been issued to further encourage healthcare professionals to report cases of anaplastic large cell lymphoma (ALCL) in women who have breast implants or who have had them removed.
09 Jul 2014 | Class 4 Drug Alert (Caution in Use): Amoxicillin Sodium 250mg, 500g, & 1mg Powder for Solution for Injection, manufactured by Wockhardt UK Ltd (EL (14)A/09)
Wockhardt UK Ltd are asking all healthcare professionals treating neonates and infants not to use Wockhardt Amoxicillin Sodium Powder for Solution for Injection (all batches) in such patients until further notice.
09 Jul 2014 | Medical Device Alert: Accu-Chek home use blood glucose meters manufactured by Roche (MDA/2014/026)
The Medical Device Alert has been issued as Accu-Chek Compact, Accu-Chek Mobile and Accu-Chek Active devices may give falsely low blood glucose readings for patients receiving ceftriaxone therapy.