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SKIN CREAMS: ALERT

Clothing, bedding, dressings and bandages with skin cream dried on them can catch fire easily causing severe and fatal burns

Creams are important in managing different skin conditions.

You should continue to use your skin products as directed by your doctor, nurse or pharmacist.

However, it is also important that you are aware of the potential danger and know how to keep safe when using these products.

STAY AWAY FROM NAKED FLAMES AND HEAT SOURCES WHEN USING THESE PRODUCTS

For more information visit gov.uk/mhra

Do you use a skin cream, ointment, lotion, gel, spray, bath oil or soap substitute (sometimes called emollients)? They are used to manage dry skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis and icthyosis.

Some dressings and bandages may come with ointment already on them.

Emollients can transfer from your skin onto clothing, bedding and bandages. In the presence of an ignition source, fabric with emollient dried on it can catch fire much more quickly and burn hotter than clean fabric. This can cause severe burns and even death.

HOW TO USE EMOLLIENTS SAFELY

  1. Do not smoke, cook or go near to any naked flames or heat sources such as gas, halogen, electric bar or open fires whilst wearing clothing or dressings that have been in contact with emollient-treated skin. If this is not possible, take steps to reduce the risk; e.g., use a safety lighter or e-cigarette, remove long sleeved or loose clothing before cooking, put a thick uncontaminated shirt, overall or apron over your clothes and move your chair further away from the open fire or other heat source.
  2. Change and wash your clothes frequently(preferably daily). Washing your clothes at the highest temperature recommended by the manufacturer might reduce the build-up of emollient on them but does not remove it completely and the danger may remain.
  3. Take care the cream doesn’t dry onto cushions, soft furnishings and bedding. If it does, use uncontaminated throws/covers on your seating and wash your bedding frequently as above.
  4. Tell your relatives or carers about your treatment and show them this leaflet. Those who care for you can help to keep you safe.
  5. Tell your doctor, nurse or pharmacist if you normally smoke. They will be able to offer you help and advice to stop smoking.

For advice and guidance on reducing your fire risk when using emollients please contact your local fire and rescue service.

Please speak to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist if you have any questions
about the information here.


Medicines Recall

Date: 14th October 2020

Epilim 500mg Gastro-Resistant Tablets

Click here for full details of the notice (PDF, 129KB)

Date: 28th May 2020

Torbay Pharmaceuticals (for Veriton Pharma Ltd)

Sodium Benzoate (Amzoate) 2g in 10 mL Sterile Solution for injection

Click here for full details of the notice (PDF, 49KB)


Medicines Recall

Date: 2nd March 2020

AOP Orphan Pharmaceuticals AG

Product PL Number
Tetrabenazine 25 mg tablets 21344/0015

Click here for full details of the notice (PDF, 106KB)


Medicines Recall

Date: 27th February 2020

G.L. Pharma GmbH

Product PL Number
Oxylan 10 mg prolonged-release tablets 21597/0062
Oxylan 20 mg prolonged-release tablets 21597/0063
Oxylan 40 mg prolonged-release tablets 21597/0064
Oxylan 80 mg prolonged-release tablets 21597/0065

Click here for full details of the notice (PDF, 145KB)


Date: 24th February 2020

Crescent Pharma Ltd & Flamingo Pharma (UK) Ltd

Product PL Number
Ibuprofen 400mg Tablets (Almus Livery) 20416/0089
Ibuprofen 400mg Tablets (Crescent Livery) 20416/0089
Ibuprofen 400mg Tablets (Flamingo Pharma Livery) 43461/0005
Ibuprofen 400mg Tablets (TEVA Livery) 43461/0005

Click here for full details of the notice (PDF, 166KB)


Medicines Recall

Date: 20th February 2020

Crescent Pharma Ltd & Flamingo Pharma (UK) Ltd

Product PL Number
Ibuprofen 400mg Tablets (Almus Livery) 20416/0089
Ibuprofen 400mg Tablets (Crescent Livery) 20416/0089
Ibuprofen 400mg Tablets (Flamingo Pharma Livery) 43461/0005
Ibuprofen 400mg Tablets (TEVA Livery) 43461/0005

Click here for full details of the notice (PDF, 155KB)


Medicines Recall

Date: 12th February 2020

Accord Healthcare Ltd

Product PL Number
Atrolak XL 50mg Prolonged-release tablets 20075/0213
Atrolak XL 150mg Prolonged-release tablets 20075/0446
Atrolak XL 200mg Prolonged-release tablets 20075/0214
Atrolak XL 300mg Prolonged-release tablets 20075/0215
Atrolak XL 400mg Prolonged-release tablets 20075/0216

Click here for full details of the notice (PDF, 85KB)


Medicines Recall

Date: 13th February 2020

Accord-UK Limited

Product PL Number
Gliclazide 40 mg Tablets (Northstar Livery) 20075/0687

Click here for full details of the notice (PDF, 86KB)


Medicines Recall

Date: 30 January 2020

Wockhardt UK Ltd

Product PL Number
Levothyroxine 100micrograms/5ml Oral Solution 29831/0495

Click here for full details of the notice (PDF, 99KB)


Medicines Recall

Date: 03 February 2020

Medreich PLC

Product PL Number
Ranitidine 150mg Tablets 21880/0091
Ranitidine 300mg Tablets

21880/0092

Click here for full details of the notice (PDF, 157KB)


Medicines Recall

Date: 30 January 2020

Wockhardt UK Ltd

Product PL Number
Levothyroxine 100micrograms/5ml Oral Solution PL 29831/0495

Click here for full details of the notice (PDF, 99KB)


Drug Alert

Class 4 Medicines Defect Information
Caution In Use

Dr. Reddy's Laboratories (UK) Ltd

Product PL Number
Finasteride 5mg Tablets PL 08553/0261

Click here for full details of the notice (PDF, 100KB)


Medicine Supply Notification

Azathioprine 25mg tablets
Date of issue: 16/01/2020

Summary
All suppliers of azathioprine 25mg tablets are out of stock until the w/c 27th of January 2020, azathioprine 50mg tablets remain available.

Click here for full details of the notice (PDF, 138KB)


Medicines Recall

Date:21st November 2019

OTC Concepts Limited

Product PL Number
Ranitidine 75mg Tablets PL 20338/0020

Relonchem Limited

Product PL Number
Relonchem Ranitidine 75mg Tablets (6) PL 20395/0079
Relonchem Ranitidine 75mg Tablets (12) PL 20395/0079
Bells Healthcare Ranitidine 75mg Tablets (12) PL 20395/0079
Numark Ranitidine 75mg Film Coated Tablets (12) PL 20395/0079
Tesco Heartburn and Indigestion Relief 75mg Film Coated Tablets (12) PL 20395/0079

Noumed Life Sciences Limited

Product PL Number
Noumed Indigestion Relief 75mg Film-Coated Tablets PL 44041/0027
Gavilast Heartburn and Indigestion 75mg Film-Coated Tablets PL 44041/0028
Ranitidine 75mg Film-Coated Tablets PL 44041/0028


Medreich PLC

Product PL Number
ASDA Ranitidine 75 mg Tablets (12) PL 21880/0022
Peach Ethical Indigestion Relief Ranitidine 75mg Film Coated Tablets (12) PL 21880/0022
Sainsbury's Indigestion Relief Tablets (12) PL 21880/0022
Tesco Indigestion Relief Ranitidine 75mg film-coated tablets PL 21880/0022

Click here for full details of the notice (PDF, 128KB)

Medicines Recall

Date: 25 October 2019

Omega Pharma Limited trading as Perrigo

Product PL Number
Zantac 75 Relief Tablets 02855/0081
Zantac 75 Tablets 02855/0082


Galpharm International Limited (part of the Perrigo Group)

Product (GSL)
PL Number
Galpharm Indigestion Relief 75mg Tablets 16028/0122
Boots Heartburn & Indigestion Relief 75mg Tablets 16028/0122
Kirkland Indigestion Relief 75mg Tablets 16028/0122
Morrisons Indigestion & Heartburn Relief 75mg Tablets 16028/0122
Boots Heartburn & Indigestion Relief 75mg Tablets 16028/0123

Generic Name: Ranitidine

Omega Pharma Limited and Galpharm International Limited are recalling all unexpired stock of the above products from pharmacies and retail stores as a precautionary measure due to possible contamination with an impurity N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA) which has genotoxic and carcinogenic potential.

Click here for full details of the notice (PDF, 117KB).


Medicines Recall

Date: 17 October 2019

Teva UK Limited trading as ratiopharm GmbH is recalling all unexpired
stock of Ranitidine Effervescent Tablets from pharmacies.

Ranitidine Effervescent Tablets 150mg PL 15773/066
Ranitidine Effervescent Tablets 300mg PL 15773/067

For full details of this notice please click here (PDF, 194KB).

 


Medicines Recall

Date: 8th October

Please be aware that there has been a recall for all unexpired stock of the following GlaxoSmithKline/Glaxo Welcome UK Ltd products:

Zantac Syrup 150mg/10ml
Zantac Injection 50mg/2ml
Zantac Tablets 150mg
Zantac Tablets 300mg

For full details of this notice please click here (PDF, 122KB).


Medicines Recall

Date: 12th September

Please be aware that there is an important drug supply issue affecting:

 

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