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Class 2 medicines recall (action within 48 hours): Midazolam Buccal Liquid 10mg / 1ml, 5ml manufactured by Penn Pharma, distributed in Quantum Pharmaceutical livery (EL (14)/A10)

Midazolam Buccal Liquid 10mg / 1ml, 5ml

Unlicensed medicine made under Manufacturers Specials Licence MS 4351

Batch number Expiry date Pack size First distributed
008442 Oct 2015 1 x 5ml 05 Feb 2014
009243 Oct 2015 1 x 5ml 17 Jun 2014
009259 Oct 2015 1 x 5ml 07 July 2014


Dental practice staff are being warned that targeted thefts of their belongings are taking placeNov 2011

NHS Healthcare staff in hospitals and general practice are being warned that in the last 18 months, a number of healthcare facilities (including dental practices) across the country have been targeted by criminals who steal staff members’ property and then attempt to access their bank accounts by using their personal details.

This organised criminal activity featured in two episodes of BBC One’s Crimewatch Roadshow in June 2011.The investigation into the crimes continues but the threat from them remains so all dental practices and staff are advised to be vigilant.

The criminals usually dress smartly and often pose as a member of staff. They enter NHS premises and wait near controlled access entrances and ‘tailgate’ a member of staff into those areas. Once inside they look for unoccupied offices or staff rooms and steal purses or wallets from unattended bags or jackets. They then leave the building.

Shortly a member of staff may receive a phone call from the criminals pretending to be from the victim’s bank. They ask for the PIN number of the card by advising the victim that they will block the card from being used. They will know some of the victim’s personal details from stolen driving licences or recent receipts and use them in the conversation. Once the PIN is divulged, the criminals withdraw funds from the account over the bank counter or at cashpoints.

NHS Protect warns that:

There are no known incidents of violence against staff in connection with these crimes. If confronted, the criminals will often give a cover story such as being a visiting nurse from another trust, an administrator or a trainee. They will then quickly leave the scene.

NHS Protect has issued some good practice advice for staff:

? Never allow anyone to follow you through an access controlled door, unless you recognise them as a person authorised to be there

? If you see a stranger in a restricted-access area, ask them if you can help. You should do this even if they wear something that marks them out as a staff member (e.g. uniform, lanyard etc). It is perfectly acceptable to politely challenge a stranger, unless it appears unsafe to do so.

? At no point should you put yourself at any risk or in danger. If you find yourself in a situation where you feel threatened, withdraw immediately and call for help.

? Always lock personal items in a cupboard or drawer and never leave a handbag, purse or wallet in plain sight.

? If you are last to leave a room, even for a short period, ensure the door is locked.

? Remember that your bank will never ask you for your PIN.

? If you receive a call from your bank, take a phone number from them and check it out by calling the bank’s customer service department.

? If you have suspicions about any7on, take a good description, where safe to do so. Write is down at the earliest opportunity and contact the Local Security Management Specialist (LSMS) who is part of the PCT/Commissioning service.

? If you are the victim of a crime, ensure you complete an incident report and inform the police and the LSMS.

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BDA Executive Update 20.08.11

Adult patients being treated in England continue to rise, say latest NHS statistics

The NHS Information Centre published ‘NHS Dental Statistics for England: 2010-11’ this week. The figures show an increase in the number and proportion of the population being seen, although there are significant variations across regions. John Milne, Chair of the BDA?s General Dental Practice Committee, said: “The increasing number of patients who can access care is good news for those that it benefits, although the regional variations in the proportions of the population accessing care and fact that the percentage of children doing so remains below the March 2006 serve as reminders that there is no room for complacency about the overall improvement.” John was also quoted extensively in the Yorkshire Post on this issue.

Contact: Henry Edwards, Policy and Professional Services Directorate– tel 020 7563 4161

BDA Museum trials QR codes

The BDA Museum has recently been trialling Quick Response (QR) codes both in the museum and on publicity material. QR codes enable smartphone users to link to specially generated text or to designated web pages without the need to type in a web address. QR codes link to the museum?s online catalogue, enabling visitors to see a wider selection of objects than it is possible to display at the museum?s gallery in London. The codes are also being used on the museum?s leaflet and the website to encourage visits and raise the profile of the collection. Try for yourself – scan the code on the right (you?ll need to download an appropriate app on your smartphone first).

Contact: Melanie Parker, Marketing and Membership Directorate – tel 020 7535 5860

BDA in the news: babies teeth

BDA President Janet Clarke, emphasised the importance of restricting the consumption of sugary foods and drinks in an article published by the Mail OnlineThe piece was triggered by research from the University of Illinois suggesting that parents need to care for their babies teeth before they have even erupted.