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Recall of faulty ‘hypokits’ used by diabetes patients in emergency

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Nurses are being alerted about the recall of certain batches of GlucaGen HypoKits used for the emergency treatment of hypoglycaemia, with patients asked to check their stocks.

The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency has issued a patient-level drug recall of the affected batches.

An investigation by the device’s manufacturer, Novo Nordisk, found a small percentage (0.006%) of needles have detached from the syringe in the GlucaGen HypoKit, which makes them unusable.

A delay in treatment could have severe health consequences in an emergency situation and, therefore, any affected batches should not be used, noted the agency.

Patients with a GlucaGen HypoKit from an affected batch (see below) have been asked to return them to their pharmacist for a replacement, it added.

Gerald Heddell, the MHRA’s director of inspection, enforcement and standards, said: “Whilst only a small number of these kits are affected by this fault it is important that people are confident their treatment will be effective in the event of emergency.”

Libby Dowling, senior clinical advisor at Diabetes UK, added: “These can provide vital lifesaving treatment in emergency situations. It is important that people check the batch numbers and take appropriate action.”

BatchExpiryFirst distributed

FS6W939

31/05/2018

26/02/2016

FS6X059

31/05/2018

03/03/2016

FS6X196

30/09/2018

11/03/2016

FS6X590

31/08/2018

29/03/2016

FS6X717

31/08/2018

23/03/2016

FS6X899

31/08/2018

18/04/2016

FS6Y024

30/09/2018

06/06/2016

 

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