Safety information

No product is ever risk free. Some of the risks are known about when a medicine is first licensed or medical device first used. However, some information only comes to light later as more people use the products. This section includes current and historic alerts, messages and advice and guidance we have issued about products. This section also includes our safety reporting forms for medicines, medical devices and blood.


Safety warnings, alerts and recalls

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This section includes current and historic Drug Alerts on defective medicines, Medical Device Alerts and safety warnings and messages about medicines, including letters sent to health professionals.
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General safety information and advice

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This section contains specific information on products such as hormone replacement therapy, breast implants, the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine and testing kits. It also contains advice for consumers, such as the risks of buying medicines over the internet, using herbal medicines and leaving hospital with a medical device.
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How we monitor the safety of products

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This section provides information on how the MHRA monitors the safety of medicines, medical devices and blood. It includes information on reporting, pharmacovigilance and what happens when reports are made.
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Medicines information

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This section of the website is a gateway for medicines information, bringing together different types of information that outline the properties, safety profile, and conditions for use of a particular medicine. It has been developed in accordance with Directive 2010/84/EU (the new pharmacovigilance legislation).

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Reporting safety problems

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This section provides information on how to report safety problems in medicines, medical devices and blood.

Information for healthcare professional specialties

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As part of our continuing drive to support healthcare professionals, we have set up this section comprising information relevant to different healthcare professional specialities.

Drug Safety Update (DSU)

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Drug Safety Update is our monthly newsletter for healthcare professionals, bringing you information and clinical advice on the safe use of medicines.

Risk communications

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This section provides information on specific projects the MHRA is undertaking to assess and potentially improve its communications activities which relate to risk, and includes the review we are currently undertaking of the Central Alerting System (CAS).
Page last modified: 23 January 2013