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Latest MHRA Drug Safety Update - May 2018
Posted on 24 May 2018
The latest MHRA Drug Safety Update, May 2018
This month article features are:
- use materials now online to ensure women and girls taking valproate medicines meet the requirements of the new Pregnancy Prevention Programme. See page 2 for links to the electronic copies of the Patient Card, Patient Guide, Guide for Healthcare Professionals, and the Risk Acknowledgement Form.
- A reminder to train patients prescribed Braltus tiotropium capsules for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease on inhaler technique (page 3). Ensure patients know to place the Braltus capsule in the correct chamber of the Zonda inhaler. We have received reports of patients who have inhaled a Braltus capsule from the mouthpiece into the back of the throat, risking aspiration or airway obstruction.
- read and act on an important Medical Device Alert (page 4) for Accu-Chek Aviva, Accu-Chek Performa, and Accu-Chek Inform II test strips. Affected strips, manufactured by Roche Diabetes Care, may give increased strip error messages prior to dosing with blood and in some cases may give false high or low readings, which may be hard to detect. See page 4 for the alert, which details the actions needed from healthcare professionals.