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Safety Information

Revised: 24 March 2017

Early Warning System Alert Communications

This section contains safety alerts for medicines and medical devices.

The safety concerns described here have been investigated by Medsafe. More detailed information about the safety concern and actions that need to be taken by consumers and healthcare professionals are provided.

Alerts are published for serious and significant safety concerns. Alerts provide advice on changes that consumers and healthcare professionals should make to improve the safe use of a medicine or medical device. For some safety concerns, Medsafe may conclude that no actions are required. However, we may still issue an alert to provide information if there is public concern.

Even though an alert has been issued, it does not necessarily mean that a medicine or medical device is considered to be unsafe.

Recent Alert Communications

Date Medicine/Device Title
24 March 2016 Medicine Andrographis paniculata – potential risk for allergic reactions  
22 March 2017 Medicine Consumer Level Recall - EpiPen® (Adrenaline) 300 micrograms (mcg) Auto-Injector
23 December 2016 Device Consumer Level Recall – Pivot, Pivot Hygiene, Pivot Hammock and Tony Pringle clip style sling used for patient hoists
9 September 2016 Medicine Consumer Level Recall – GlucaGen® HypoKit 1 mg solution for injection
31 August 2016 Device Heater-cooler devices used during cardiac surgery: risk of infection with Nontuberculous Mycobacterium species – advice and recommendations
29 August 2016 Device Detachable Wall Plug for AC Power Adapter supplied with Medela Breast Pump Powered
1 August 2016 Device Quickie Q7 Wheelchair (Model ER14) manufactured between 1 September 2009 & 27 November 2013. (Backrest Bracket Damage)

Alert Communications Archive

Further Information

Find out how Medsafe monitors the safety of medicines

Consumer questions and answers on the early warning system

Information about the early warning system

Further information on the criteria used by Medsafe to decide when to publish a monitoring communication (PDF 224KB, 9 pages).

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