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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 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


The closing of the Review – our thanks

We published our report, First Do No Harm, on 8 July 2020. This was the culmination of more than two years’ work. The Review closes on 31 July and this website will not be updated after that date. Everything we have to say is in our report. But there are some final reflections we wish to make here.

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