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Category: Pharmaceutical Industry

Mar
18

Medical recalls continue to cause alarm

By Kate Bell, Recall Consultant

Last month, a major case concerning the blood pressure drugs Irbesartan and Valsartan hit headlines across Europe when they were recalled for a third time since the start of the year over contamination fears concerning cancer-causing chemicals. The main advice to patients is not to stop their medication, as that could put lives at risk. However, alerts relating to any medicine can cause alarm for patients – those who depend on these medicines to keep them healthy and trust that they are safe for them to consume.

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Mar
14

Why fake news is causing a global health risk

By Mark Buckingham, Recall Consultant

On social media, anyone has the ability to turn themselves into a journalist, often reporting or sharing erroneous, misleading or sensationalised claims that have the power to go viral. One such market that has been at the centre of several social media storms is pharmaceuticals. ‘Fake news’ on drugs is plaguing news feeds, online misinformation is compromising pharmaceutical products.

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Feb
25

Drugs to your door: What can we do about diet pills on delivery?

By Kate Bell, Recall Consultant

You don’t have to look very far to find horror stories about the dangers of the diet pills you can buy online. And yet, buying them remains ridiculously easy. The increasing proclivity for young people to seek diet pills to change their shape was something of an underground movement until 2012, when reports started to emerge of deaths linked to dinitrophenol.

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Feb
05

60 Years on Since the Impact of Thalidomide Came to Light

By Mark Buckingham, Recall Consultant

This year marks the 60th anniversary since the very first baby was born with severe limb deformities as a result of the Thalidomide drug. It took over half a century for the victims of the drug to receive an apology from those who prescribed it to pregnant mothers. Here we look at how it made it to market, and why it had such a devastating impact on thousands of families across Britain.

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Jan
31

A Guide to Pharmaceutical Recalls

By Mark Buckingham, Recall Consultant

Most people take it for granted that when we consume a prescribed or purchased medicine that it meets the most stringent of safety standards. While this is the case the vast majority of the time, with many pharmaceutical products going through years of testing before being put to market, the fast-paced changes and developments of new technologies mean that when it comes to regulation, we’re increasingly wading into the unknown. And with the unknown comes a heightened risk.

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