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MHRA warns about faulty steel cannula infusion sets

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Health professionals should check steel cannula infusion sets manufactured by Unomedical before and after use, as there is a small risk of its needle breaking.

It is important that a patient does not use an infusion set if the needle is bent or has become damaged, noted the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency.

“This is a precautionary measure and the risk of the needle breaking is low”

Neil McGuire

Otherwise, it could lead to medication leakage or, in some cases, require surgical intervention to remove the needle.

The needles are part of infusion sets used in hospitals and by patients at home for the infusion of medicine through an external pump.

They are primarily used by patients with diabetes, Parkinson’s disease and for the treatment of chronic pain, noted the MHRA.

The following steel cannula infusion sets are affected: 

  • SURE-T and SURE-T Paradigm
  • Contact Detach and Contact
  • Sub Q
  • Neria, Neria Detach and Neria Multi
  • Thalaset

The MHRA has requested people to check the specific lot numbers of infusion sets prior to and after use and to follow the advice contained within its medical device alert.

Dr Neil McGuire, clinical director at the MHRA, said: “This is a precautionary measure and the risk of the needle breaking is low. There are millions of these needles in use and we have had only a very small number of reports of them breaking.

“The manufacturer improved the design of the device over a year ago but we advise anyone who has had this problem or who is concerned to contact their specialist nurse or GP,” he added.

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