Automatically retracting safety syringes including insulin syringes by Medicina Ltd - recall

(Medicina Ltd) Risk of needle stick injury as they may not automatically retract and the shelf life stated on the devices is incorrect, compromising its sterility (MDA/2015/028)


Identify affected devices from the manufacturer’s field safety notice (FSN).

Quarantine and return the devices to the manufacturer as described in the FSN.

Return the email / faxback form in the FSN to the manufacturer.

Action by

All healthcare workers who use these devices.

Personnel involved in the purchase, supply and distribution of these devices.

Deadlines for actions

Actions underway: 18 August 2015, actions complete: 02 September 2015

Device details

All batches of automatically retracting blue safety syringes, including insulin syringes, with product codes prefixed with RN, for example RNXX/XX and RNXX/XX INS.


Medicina Ltd has not had sufficient confirmation that customers have received and acted on the FSN.

Manufacturer contacts

Medicina Ltd
Telephone: 01204 695 050



If you are responsible for cascading these alerts in your organisation, these are our suggested distribution lists.

Trusts (NHS boards in Scotland)

CAS and SABS (NI) liaison officers for onward distribution to all relevant staff including:

  • A&E departments
  • adult intensive care units
  • all wards
  • anaesthetists
  • chief pharmacists
  • clinical governance leads
  • community children’s nurses
  • community diabetes specialist nurses
  • community hospitals
  • community nurses
  • day surgery units
  • diabetes clinics/outpatients
  • diabetes nurse specialists
  • diabetes, directors of
  • district nurses
  • health and safety managers
  • hospital at home units
  • hospital pharmacies
  • immunisation co-ordinators
  • maternity units
  • medical directors
  • nursing executive directors
  • paediatric intensive care units
  • paediatric medicine, directors of
  • paramedics
  • pharmacists
  • point of care testing co-ordinators
  • purchasing managers
  • risk managers
  • supplies managers

NHS England area teams

CAS liaison officers for onward distribution to all relevant staff including:

  • community pharmacists
  • general practice managers
  • general practice nurses

Social services

Liaison officers for onward distribution to all relevant staff including:

  • care at home staff
  • community care staff
  • in-house residential care homes

Independent distribution

Establishments registered with the Care Quality Commission (CQC) (England only)

  • adult placement
  • care homes providing nursing care (adults)
  • clinics
  • further education colleges registered as care homes
  • hospices
  • hospitals in the independent sector
  • independent treatment centres
  • private medical practitioners

Please note: CQC and OFSTED do not distribute these alerts. Independent healthcare providers and social care providers can sign up to receive MDAs directly from the Department of Health’s Central Alerting System (CAS) by sending an email to: and requesting this facility.



Send enquiries about this notice to MHRA, quoting reference number MDA/2015/028 or 2015/006/025/601/007.

Technical aspects

Claire Dunne / Sonal Vara, MHRA
Tel: 020 3080 7162 / 7710

Email: or

Clinical aspects

Mark Grumbridge, MHRA
Telephone: 020 3080 7128


Reporting adverse incidents in England

Through Yellow Card

Northern Ireland

Alerts in Northern Ireland are distributed via the NI SABS system.

Enquiries and adverse incident reports in Northern Ireland should be addressed to:

Northern Ireland Adverse Incident Centre
CMO Group
Department of Health
Social Services and Public Safety

Telephone: 028 9052 3868
Fax: 028 9052 3900


Northern Ireland Adverse Incident Centre (NIAIC)

Reporting adverse incidents in Northern Ireland

Please report directly to NIAIC using the forms on our website.


Enquiries and adverse incident reports in Scotland should be addressed to:

Incident Reporting and Investigation Centre
Health Facilities Scotland
NHS National Services Scotland

Telephone: 0131 275 7575
Fax: 0131 314 0722


Reporting adverse incidents in Scotland

NHS Boards and Local Authorities in Scotland – report to Health Facilities Scotland.

Contractors such as private hospitals carrying out NHS work and private care homes that accept social work funded clients – report to Health Facilities Scotland.

Private facilities providing care to private clients report to the Care Inspectorate and MHRA.


Enquiries in Wales should be addressed to:

Healthcare Quality Division
Welsh Government
Telephone: 01267 225278 / 02920 825510


Reporting adverse incidents in Wales

Report to MHRA through Yellow Card and follow specific advice for reporting in Wales in MDA/2004/054 (Wales).

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