Patient safety information

Patient safety information

This page contains a list of:

  • patient safety alerts and recalls which have previously been highlighted as news stories on the PSNC website;
  • advice and guidance relating to patient safety which have previously been highlighted as news stories on the PSNC website; and
  • a link to the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) monthly drug safety updates.

Although pharmacy teams should have responded as appropriate to the above within the required time frames, those that have been highlighted as news stories on the PSNC website have been listed on this page as a quick reference for pharmacy teams to check that they are aware of all of these and have taken appropriate action when required.

Community pharmacy contractors may wish to refer to this page when completing their patient safety report to meet the Quality Payments Scheme quality criterion which states:

Written safety report at premises level available for inspection at review point, covering analysis of incidents and incident patterns (taken from an ongoing log), evidence of sharing learning locally and nationally, and actions taken in response to national patient safety alerts.

The patient safety report should contain details of how contractors have responded to medicines recalls and national patient safety alerts. Further information on what else should be included in the report can be found on the Quality Payments – Patient safety report page of the PSNC website.

As relevant news stories are published on the PSNC website they will be added to the lists below.

Alerts and recalls

Date issued Issue
3rd October 2017

MHRA medical device alert – Alere HIV Combo

29th September 2017

Class 2 MHRA drug alert – Xarelto (Rivaroxaban) 20mg film-coated tablets (Strathclyde Pharmaceuticals Ltd)

20th September 2017 MHRA medical device alert – All Accu-Chek Insight insulin pumps
5th September 2017 Error with the barcodes on selected batches of 8 medicinal products 
24th August 2017 NovoPen Echo and NovoPen 5 insulin pens medical device alert
31st July 2017 Dutor 20mg, 30mg, 40mg and 60mg capsules drug alert
30th June 2017 One-Alpha 2mcg/ml drops drug alert
18th May 2017 Sodium Cromoglicate 2% drops drug alert
2nd May 2017 Accu-Chek Insight pumps medical device alert (updated information)
28th April 2017 Evidence of harm from fentanyl-contaminated heroin CAS alert
25th April 2017 BD Plastipak 100ml catheter medical device alert
29th March 2017 Diclo-SR 75 tablets drug alert
23rd February 2017 Viridal Duo 10mcg/ml and 40mcg/ml powder and solvent for solution for injection recall
16th February 2017 Ergometrine 0.05% injection drug alert
1st February 2017 Alka-Seltzer effervescent tablets drug alert
5th January 2017 Mirena 20mg/24 hours intrauterine delivery system drug alert
3rd January 2017 Arava 10mg tablets drug alert
14th December 2016 Amoxicillin 250mg/5ml suspension drug alert
30th November 2016 Evacal D3 chewable tablets drug alert
8th November 2016 Hydrocortisone 100mg/1ml solution for injection drug alert
19th October 2016 Nacrez 75 tablets drug alert
29th September 2016 Adalat LA 30mg tablets drug alert
6th September 2016 GlucaGen Hypokit drug alert
24th August 2016 Actilyse 20mg and 50mg powder and solvent for solution for injection and infusion drug alert
15th August 2016 Accu-Chek Insight pump with NovoRapid PumpCart medical device alert
10th August 2016 Furosemide-Claris 20mg/2ml injection drug alert
10th August 2016 Respontin 250mcg/1ml and 500mcg/2ml nebules drug alert
10th August 2016 TRUEresult and TRUEtrack test strips medical device alert
30th June 2016 TRUEyou test strips medical device alert
14th June 2016 Medikinet 20mg MR capsules drug alert
7th June 2016 Ikervis 1mg/ml drops emulsion drug alert
25th May 2016 Epistatus 10mg/ml oromucosal drug alert
12th May 2016 Accu-Chek Insight pump medical device alert
6th May 2016 Rifadin 600mg infusion drug alert
28th April 2016 Crestor 5mg tablets drug alert

Advice and guidance

MHRA drug safety update

Manufacturers' resources

Date issued Issue
1st August 2017 Epilim 100mg crushable tablets risk materials (Sanofi)

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