Welcome to the patients and public area of the MHRA website. This section provides targeted links to information throughout the site which is aimed specifically at patients and the public.
This new area of the site will continue to be developed and additional information will be added over the coming weeks and months.
If you have any feedback on this section and how we can improve it please email email@example.com
News and hot topics
We have issued today a Drug Alert to healthcare professionals informing them of a patient level recall of Temozolomide Hospira Capsules. Temozolomide is an anti-cancer medicine used in combination with radiotherapy or on its own. Temozolomide Hospira Capsules are taken to treat brain tumours.
We have today published a new MHRA strategy for the enforcement of medicines and medical device legislation.
Counterfeit and unlicensed medicines, along with controlled drugs to the street value of approximately £150,000, were seized by the MHRA yesterday as part of a simultaneous raid on six locations across London, and two in Yorkshire, with the assistance of local police.
Yasmin product information has been updated as a result of recent evidence to suggest the risk of venous thromboembolism (VTE) may be slightly higher than previously estimated.
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My medicine: From laboratory to pharmacy shelf
It takes an average of ten years for a chemical compound to make the journey from the laboratory to reach the pharmacy shelf as a medicine. This section provides links to information to help you find out more about the life cycle of medicines from their first scientific discovery through to licensing and ongoing monitoring.
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Medicines, devices and conditions
This section provides information on specific products and conditions. The products include steroid medicines, hormone replacement therapy (HRT) and information on the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine.
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Medicines and your family
This page provides links to further information about the use of medicines in pregnancy and for babies and young children.
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What the MHRA does
This page provides information about the MHRA, frequently asked questions about the work of the MHRA and a glossary of MHRA terms.
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Reporting safety problems
It is crucial that issues with medicines and medical devices are reported to the MHRA, as this allows us to monitor the safety and efficacy of products, and take action if necessary. This page provides links to information about reporting problems with medicines, vaccines and devices.
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Herbal and homeopathic medicines
Herbal and homeopathic medicines and substance are medicines in their own right. As with any other medicine they are likely to have an effect on the body and should be used with care.
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Buying counterfeit medicines and medicines online
Counterfeit medicines and medicines bought online are an increasing problem, both in the UK and globally. This page provides links to information about the risks of buying medicines over the internet and counterfeit medicines and devices.
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