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
16 Apr 2014 | Medical Device Alert: Laboratory reagents requiring manual handling for use in combination with cobas c 502 analyser made by Hitachi, supplied by Roche (MDA/2014/012)
This Medical Device Alert has been issued as the level sensing function of the cobas c502 laboratory analyser has not been activated for tests requiring manual reagent handling. The use of insufficient volumes of reagent may lead to a false negative result and a missed diagnosis, such as syphilis.
01 Apr 2014 | Monthly list of Medical Device Alerts 2014
A month-by-month list of MDAs that we have issued in 2014.
Copies of letters sent to healthcare professionals in March to inform of new safety information and advice.
24 Mar 2014 | Medical Device Alert: Powered wheelchairs manufactured by Pride Mobility Products Ltd (MDA/2014/011)
This Medical Device Alert is being issued as there is a risk of injury should powered wheelchairs manufactured by Pride Mobility Products Ltd be secured into vehicles incorrectly.
13 Mar 2014 | Medical Device Alert: Infusion pumps: GemStar infusion system manufactured by Hospira (MDA/2014/010)
This Medical Device Alert is being issued as there is a risk of delay to patient therapy due to loss of audio alarms manufactured by Hospira. The connection between the beeper subassembly and pump may fail so that only visual alarms will be available.
13 Mar 2014 | Medical Device Alert: FreeStyle Mini® and FreeStyle® blood glucose monitoring systems manufactured by Abbott Diabetes Care (MDA/2014/009)
This Medical Device Alert is being issued as there is a risk of the blood glucose meters giving incorrect low blood glucose results when they are used with FreeStyle Lite and FreeStyle blood glucose test strips.
12 Mar 2014 | Class 2 Medicines Recall (action within 48 hours): Fybogel Orange - Reckitt Benckiser Healthcare (UK) Limited (EL (14)A/04)
Reckitt Benckiser Healthcare (UK) Limited is recalling batches of Fybogel Orange due to a potential risk of contamination with metal particles.
10 Mar 2014 | Medical Device Alert: Insulin infusion pump manufactured by Roche Diagnostics Ltd (MDA/2014/008)
This Medical Device Alert is being issued as there is a risk of delay of treatment when using insulin infusion pumps manufactured by Roche Diagnostics Ltd.
06 Mar 2014 | Class 2 Medicines Recall (action within 48 hours): Viread 245 mg Film-Coated Tablets - Gilead Sciences Limited (EL (14)A/03)
Gilead Sciences Limited is recalling specific batches of Viread 245 mg film-coated tablets due to the possible presence of silicone rubber. A failure of equipment used in the manufacture of the active pharmaceutical ingredient formulated in these medicinal product batches may have resulted in damage to silicone gaskets and silicone fragments entering the product in these recalled lots.
26 Feb 2014 | Medical Device Alert: Peristeen anal irrigation system manufactured by Coloplast Limited (MDA/2014/007)
This Medical Device Alert has been issued as there is a risk of using transanal irrigation inappropriately.