Medical devices

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As well as medicinal products, pharmacists are also involved in the pharmacy use or onward sale/supply of medical devices to patients and other healthcare professionals. 

In addition, more people wanting to diagnose and manage their own medical conditions are purchasing medical devices directly from pharmacies. From glucose monitors to walking sticks.

This pharmacy guide will help you ensure the safe and effective use of medical devices. It highlights the many factors you need to consider when purchasing, selling or recommending a medical device.

First published: 30 September 2016
Updated: 25 April 2022

Sections on this page

  • Medical device - definition, types and regulation
  • Medical devices available to purchase from pharmacies
  • Considerations when obtaining medical devices for pharmacy use and onward sale/supply
  • Considerations when using, selling or supplying medical devices
  • Reporting adverse events associated with medical devices
  • Dealing with safety messages from MHRA
  • Further information

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