Published: 6 September 2013

Quarterly Summary of Medsafe Early Warning System Communications

Prescriber Update 34(3):29
September 2013

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 (

Date Communication Topic
4 June 2013 Alert Topical tissue glues/adhesives and risk of deep tissue injuries
17 June 2013 Monitoring Champix (varenicline) and a possible interaction with alcohol based on post-marketing reports
8 July 2013 Alert Diclofenac (Voltaren) and risk of cardiovascular events (heart attack and stroke)
8 July 2013 Monitoring Hydroxyethyl starch solutions (Voluven, Volulyte 6%) associated with increased risk of mortality and renal impairment


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