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Blackburn with Darwen Primary Care Trust - About Us
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Drug Alerts and Withdrawals

Within the UK, the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), an executive agency of the Department of Health aim to enhance and safeguard the health of the public by ensuring that medicines and medical devices work and are acceptably safe. No product is risk-free. Underpinning their work lie robust and fact-based judgements to ensure that the benefits to patients and the public justify the risks. 

 

  • The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) is the government agency which is responsible for ensuring that medicines and medical devices work, and are acceptably safe.

  • No product is risk-free. Underpinning the work of the MHRA lie robust and fact-based judgements to ensure that the benefits to patients and the public justify the risks.

  • The MHRA keep watch over medicines and devices, and take any necessary action to protect the public promptly if there is a problem. 

  • The MHRA aim to make as much information as possible publicly available. The MHRA enable greater access to products, and the timely introduction of innovative treatments and technologies that benefit patients and the public.

  • The MHRA encourage everyone - the public and healthcare professionals as well as industry - to tell us about any problems with a medicine or medical device, so that we can investigate and take any necessary action. To find out more about the MHRA click here...

 

When the MHRA, or occassionally another regulatory body in another country, such as the FDA, release advice, it is sometime necessary to produce additional local guidance.  This aims to be both clear and concise advice to healthcare professionals on the local action required to implement or respond to alerts issued by the MHRA or other bodies.  These memorandums are available below for reference, once they have been circulated to the relevant professionals in primary and secondary care:

 

 

 

All material in this section is aimed at health professionals, but is information currently held within the public domain.   Members of the public seeking advice on medicine-related matters are encouraged to speak with their GP, pharmacist or nurse, or contact NHS Direct on 0845 46 47. 

Richard Lee, East Lancashire Health Economy New Drugs Pharmacist.

Email: Interface@bwd.nhs.uk

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