RPS Support Alerts

The RPS Support team are developing and publishing regular Support Alerts to help support you in your day to day roles. These will cover a wide range of subjects ranging from legal and ethical issues to clinical matters and aim to be informative, supportive and user-friendly. Topics will be identified as part of horizon scanning by the RPS Support team but will also be produced in response to real queries and issues raised by members.

This section also includes information about drug and device recalls, patient safety notices, health professional letters and other important communications concerning patient safety, thus enabling you to ensure that you meet any necessary clinical governance requirements.

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Support Alerts archive


21/01/2015 - CAS Alert: Medicines related to valproate: risk of abnormal pregnancy outcomes 

The MHRA has issued a letter to inform healthcare professionals of new important information and .....more 

19/01/2015 - Patient Safety Alert: Harm using low molecular weight heparins when contradicted 

NHS England Patient Safety Alert: Harm from using Low Molecular Weight Heparins when contraindicated
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16/01/2015 - Medical Device Alert: Accu-Chek Spirit Combo insulin infusion pumps 

Medical Device Alert: Accu-Chek Spirit Combo insulin infusion pumps manufactured by Roche .....more 

16/01/2015 - Company-led drug alert: Rienso 30mg/ml solution for infusion (Takeda UK Ltd) 

The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has issued a company-led alert for .....more 

14/01/2015 - Class 2 Medicines Recall: Oral diclofenac presentations with legal status 'P' 

Class 2 medicines recall (action within 48 hours): Recall of all oral diclofenac presentations .....more 

07/01/2015 - Rescheduling of 4-Hydroxy-n-butyric acid (GHB) to Schedule 2 

Rescheduling of 4-Hydroxy-n-butyric acid (GHB) including Xyrem (sodium oxybate) to Schedule .....more 

30/12/2014 - Ebola update 

Updates and the latest news for pharmacists on Ebola are available via our website more 

23/12/2014 - NHS England Patient Safety Alert: potassium permanganate preparations 

NHS England Patient Safety Alert: Risk of death and serious harm from accidental ingestion .....more 

19/12/2014 - Influenza: Prescribing of antivirals in England, Scotland and Wales (update) 

The Department of Health, the Scottish Government, and the Chief Medical Officer for Wales .....more 

18/12/2014 - Class 2 medicines recall: Ebixa 5mg/pump actuation 

Class 2 medicines recall (action within 48 hours): Ebixa 5mg/pump actuation 50ml and 100ml .....more 

17/12/2014 - Medical Device Alert: Autopen insulin pen injection devices (Owen Mumford Ltd) 

Medical Device Alert: Autopen insulin pen injection devices manufactured by Owen Mumford .....more 

03/12/2014 - Class 4 drug alert: Heparin Sodium 100 IU/ml I.V. flush solution 

Class 4 drug alert (caution in use): Heparin Sodium 100 IU/ml I.V. flush solution distributed .....more