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Recall on some batches of GlucaGen HypoKits

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People with diabetes are being asked to check whether they have certain batches of GlucaGen® HypoKits used for the emergency treatment of severe low blood glucose (hypoglycaemia).The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency has issued a patient level drug recall of the affected batches.An investigation by the 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.Those with a GlucaGen HypoKit from an affected batch are asked to return them to their pharmacist for a replacement.Batch             Expiry    First distributedFS6W939   31/05/2018    26/02/2016FS6X059    31/05/2018    03/03/2016FS6X196    30/09/2018    11/03/2016FS6X590    31/08/2018    29/03/2016FS6X717    31/08/2018    22/03/2016FS6X899    31/08/2018    18/04/2016FS6Y024    30/09/2018    06/06/2016Gerald Heddell, 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.”“People with these kits should check which batch their kit is from and, where necessary, get a replacement from a pharmacist.”“We continue to encourage people to report any issues to the MHRA via our Yellow Card Scheme.”Libby Dowling Senior Clinical Advisor at Diabetes UK said: “These kits can provide vital lifesaving treatment in emergency situations. It is important that people check the batch numbers and take appropriate action.“If you have any questions about your blood glucose levels you should contact your diabetes care team.”

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