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Parliamentary Debates and Questions

S5W-10432: Richard Lyle (Uddingston and Bellshill)

Scottish National Party

Date lodged: 21 July 2017

To ask the Scottish Government what information it has on how much of the Bio Products Laboratory (BPL) products that are used in Scotland are affected by the reported findings of the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) following a routine inspection of BPL laboratories.

Answered by: Shona Robison 15 August 2017

During a recent routine inspection of Bio Products Laboratory (BPL) plasma centres, Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) inspectors identified poorly validated software which resulted in a concern that there may have been issues with the plasma collection processes. These issues were traced to a change in IT software.

The MHRA has informed the Scottish Government that there is no evidence to indicate that this incident has resulted in any increased risk to patient safety. They do not envisage any disruption to the supply and availability of BPL plasma products.