The Independent Medicines and Medical Devices Safety Review

The Independent Medicines and Medical Devices Safety Review is Chaired by Baroness Julia Cumberlege CBE DL.

In February 2018, the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, the Rt Hon Jeremy Hunt MP, announced a review into how the health system responds to reports from patients about harmful side effects from medicines and medical devices. The announcement in the House of Commons follows patient-led campaigns on the use of the hormone pregnancy test Primodos, anti-epileptic drug sodium valproate and surgical mesh. 

This website will be updated with information as the Review goes about its work.

Click here for further details

Click here to read the announcement from the Secretary of State


Statement from NHS England:

“NHS England supports the Independent Medicines and Medical Devices Safety Review and encourages GPs and community pharmacies to display the poster to encourage those people affected to have their say.”

Click here to download the poster


NICE clarifies guideline on use of mesh following Review’s intervention

We  heard concerns from a number of mesh-affected patients and patient groups that the recent NICE guidelines for the management of stress urinary incontinence and prolapse published in April (NG123) had apparently lifted the ‘research only’ restriction in the use of transvaginal mesh for the treatment of vaginal prolapse.