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Request Reference: 8290 Request Date: 08 Feb 2019
Request: I am undertaking some research on the recent recalls of a number of heart drugs and want to get some information on the number of these drugs that have been prescribed . In July 2018, the MHRA issued a recall for all batches of Valsartan containing medicines made by Dexcel Pharma Ltd and Accord Healthcare ( previously called Actavis Group) (https://www.gov.uk/government/news/blood-pressure-and-heart-medication-recalled-from-pharmacies) Under the terms of the Freedom of Information Act, I would like to request the amounts these recalled drugs have been prescribed to patients each year from 2011. In November 2018, the MHRA issued a recall of all affected batches of Valsartan containing medicines made by Mylan and Teva (https://www.gov.uk/government/news/mhra-recalls-valsartan-blood-pressure-and-heart-medication-from-pharmacies) Under the terms of the Freedom of Information Act, I would like to request the amounts these recalled drugs have been prescribed to patients each year from 2011. In January 2019, the MHRA issued 2 recalls for Irbesartan containing medicines made by Actavis Group ( now called Accord Healthcare) and Macleods Pharma UK https://www.gov.uk/drug-device-alerts/class-2-medicines-recall-actavis-group-ptc-ehf-recall-of-batches-of-irbesartan-hydrochlorothiazide-300-12-5mg-film-coated-tablets-and-irbesartan-hydrochlorothiazide-150-12-5mg-film-coated-tablets https://www.gov.uk/drug-device-alerts/class-2-medicines-recall-macleods-pharma-uk-limited-irbesartan-150mg-film-coated-tablets-pl-34771-0079-mdr-94-06-18 Under the terms of the Freedom of Information Act, I would like to request the amounts these recalled drugs have been prescribed to patients each year from 2011.

Status: Complete
Response Date: 08 Mar 2019
Response: Please see attached response.

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