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Category: Medical Device Industry


Medical device recalls and labelling – a sticky issue

By Mark Buckingham, Recall Consultant

In 2018, nine per cent of all medical device recalls globally were due to labelling errors, resulting in the return of over a million items. In the UK there has been three recall events of medical devices due to labelling errors since the beginning of 2019. In Germany, over a ten-year period spanning 20015-2016, there were 1155 recall events linked to deficiencies in the labelling and instructions for use.

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Medical device recalls in the UK – February

By Kate Bell, Recall Consultant

Every year the European Medicines Agency recalls numerous medical devices due to patient safety issues. Recalls are rapidly listed on online databases, with the priority being that patients and medical professionals are quickly made aware of any risks to safety. In the period between 11 and 15 February 2019, there were 15 medical device recalls within the UK – the first being a Vial2Bag 13mm Needleless Transfer Device.

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Bracing for Brexit – what leaving the EU means for medical device recalls in the UK

By Mark Buckingham, Recall Consultant

As the UK prepares to leave the European Union, many unanswered questions remain as to how the lives of individuals and businesses will change. Looking specifically at current product recall processes and how they might be affected, uncertainty around what may happen and what may not continues. For now, a resolution on future approval processes, labelling requirements and safety standards remains unclear.

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Wearable med tech therapy set to replace traditional medicine

By Kate Bell, Recall Consultant

Wearable medical technology that can treat mental and physical conditions is advancing at pace and healthcare professionals across the world are even prescribing devices for preventative health. US based Wired magazine ran a feature earlier this month (January 2019) on wearables and how the technology is about to become crucial for staying alive. Advantages include more targeted, cheaper and personalised therapy compared with traditional drugs and therapies. Of course, new technology is crucial to improving human health.

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Wearable medical devices and our obsession with monitoring our every move

By Mark Buckingham, Recall Consultant

The UK is brimming with successful manufacturing firms who specialise in hand-held medical detection devices. With a burgeoning ageing population on our hands the need for affordable medical detection technology that can be used by patients in their own homes is set to increase at pace. This ageing population coupled with chronic sickness across Europe will put immense pressure on health services to support and guide patients towards the right technology for them.

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