Number of baby blood poisoning cases rises to 21

Three more cases of blood poisoning linked to a batch of intravenous liquid given to babies have been identified. Public Health England said yesterday that a batch was "strongly linked" to the death of one baby and the illness of 20 others.

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Medicines regulator says patient safety 'our top priority'

The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Authority (MHRA) said patient safety is "our top priority" following the blood poisoning death of one baby and the infection of 14 others.

Adam Burgess, manager of the MHRA's defective medicines reporting centre, said: "We are working alongside PHE [Public Health England] to establish what has happened.

The infections have been linked to a nutritional product by drug firm ITH Pharma. Credit: ITV News

"We have sent inspectors to the manufacturer's facility to carry out a detailed and rigorous inspection and we have ensured that the potentially affected medicine is recalled."

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