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Published: February 2010

Graseby MS-Series Syringe Drivers - deadline extended

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Prescriber Update 31(1): 6
February 2010

Healthcare professionals are advised that Medsafe has extended its target date for the removal of Graseby MS-Series Syringe Drivers from clinical use to 30 June 2010.

Safety concerns over the use of Graseby MS-Series Syringe Drivers were first raised by Medsafe in 2007 and prompted the manufacturer, Smiths Medical, to discontinue further supply later that year.

Most of the DHBs and hospices have already changed over to the replacement device recommended by DHBNZ (Alaris AD syringe driver), but some organisations still need to make the change.

Medsafe has extended the target date for the removal of the Graseby devices to ensure that there are sufficient syringe drivers available during the transition phase. The six month extension of the deadline is expected to provide enough time for the remaining organisations to make the change.

Medsafe will continue to monitor the progress of the transition program and will provide further information to healthcare professionals as required.

Further information can be found on the Medsafe website at:
www.medsafe.govt.nz/profs/device-issues.asp