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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You can choose to view older Support Alerts by using the filter options in the Support Alert Archive box below and selecting specific a month or year.

Support Alerts archive


17/04/2014 - Company-led drug recall: Herceptin 150 mg - Roche Products Ltd 

Company-led drug recall: Herceptin 150 mg powder for concentrate for solution for infusion .....more 

17/04/2014 - Dispensing Errors: please ensure appropriate precautions are in place 

The Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has published a Drug Safety Update .....more 

14/04/2014 - Homecare Services: Minimising risks of omitted and delayed medicines 

NHS England Patient Safety Alert: Minimising risks of omitted and delayed medicines for patients .....more 

04/04/2014 - HIV Self-Testing Kits 

HIV Self-Testing Kits

From 6th April 2014 a change in the law will .....more 

31/03/2014 - Changes in legal requirements for prescriptions from Europe 

As of today (31st March 2014) there have been some changes to the requirements of prescriptions that .....more 

20/03/2014 - Intermittent shortages of valsartan formulations 

Intermittent shortages of valsartan formulations

We are aware that .....more 

14/03/2014 - Medical Device Alert: FreeStyle Mini and FreeStyle blood glucose meters 

Medical Device Alert: FreeStyle Mini and FreeStyle blood glucose monitoring systems – .....more 

14/03/2014 - Medical Device Alert: Infusion pump: GemStar infusion system - Hospira 

Medical Device Alert: Infusion pump: GemStar infusion system - Hospira

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14/03/2014 - Class 2 Medicines Recall (action within 48 hours): Fybogel Orange 

Class 2 Medicines Recall (action within 48 hours): Fybogel Orange - Reckitt Benckiser Healthcare .....more 

12/03/2014 - Medical Device Alert: Insulin infusion pump: Accu-Chek Spirit Combo insulin pump 

Medical Device Alert: Insulin infusion pump: Accu-Chek Spirit Combo insulin pump – .....more 

07/03/2014 - Company-led drug recall: Thymoglobuline vials - Genzyme Europe B.V. 

Company-led drug recall: Thymoglobuline (Anti-thymocyte globulin – rabbit) vials containing .....more 

06/03/2014 - Class 2 Medicines Recall (action within 48 hours): Viread 245mg Tablets 

Class 2 Medicines Recall (action within 48 hours): Viread (tenofovir disoproxil) 245mg Film-Coated .....more 

03/03/2014 - Company-led drug recall: Doribax 500mg powder for solution for infusion 

Company-led drug recall: Doribax (doripenem) 500mg powder for solution for infusion – .....more