Published: 1 March 2018

Quarterly Summary of Medsafe’s Early Warning System Communications

Prescriber Update 39(1): 15
March 2018

The early warning system provides current and historical information on safety concerns for medicines and medical devices. These warnings are intended to help consumers and healthcare professionals make informed decisions about their use of medicines and medical devices.

More information about the early warning system can be found on the Medsafe website (

Consumer Information Leaflets provide information about medicines and medical devices or medical conditions to consumers.

Date Communication Topic
15 February 2018 Alert Communication Arthrem – potential risk of harm to the liver – statement under section 98 of the Medicines Act 1981
9 February 2018 Alert Communication UPDATE - Heater-cooler units used during cardiac surgery: risk of infection with Nontuberculous Mycobacterium species – advice and recommendations
31 January 2018 Monitoring Communication M² Logo Update to Viekira Pak and Viekira Pak-RBV – Possible effects on blood glucose control when used in patients with type 2 diabetes
31 January 2018 Monitoring Communication M² Logo Dabigatran and gout or gout-like symptoms
31 January 2018 Media Release Surgical Mesh Implants — Regulatory action on surgical mesh products
31 January 2018 Safety Information Surgical Mesh Implants — Update
12 December 2017 Media Release Medsafe introduces surgical mesh restrictions
5 December 2017 Monitoring Communication Update — Possible risk of hypothyroidism in infants exposed to iodine-containing contrast agents added to the medicines monitoring scheme

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