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Disposable swab withdrawn from the Portuguese market



Zaragatoa descartável retirada do mercado português

If the term “smear” was unknown to many, then with the COVID-19 pandemic it has become very common. In practice, a swab allows you to collect samples for later analysis to see if a person is infected.

In Portugal, a disposable swab has been withdrawn from sale due to incorrect CE marking.

Infarmed today ordered a suspension of marketing and a recall of the Iclean brand disposable sample collection swab for misapplying the CE mark as there is no evidence of compliance with European law requirements.

According to the Ministry of Health, this is the fact that the product is incorrectly qualified by the manufacturer as an "in vitro diagnostic medical device".when the relevant qualification relates to a medical device.

Therefore, there is no evidence that the product has been subjected to an appropriate conformity assessment by a notified body for assessment, namely aspects related to obtaining, guaranteeing and maintaining conditions of sterility.

This is the “Nasopharyngeal Swab \Flocked\” model from the brand “iclean”, from the manufacturer Shenzhen Cleanmo Technology.

According to the National Medicines and Health Products Authority, distributor Vacuette Portugal SA is "developing the necessary activities to collect said medical device."

Disposable swab withdrawn from the Portuguese market

Infarmed also says that organizations that have units of this medical device should not make it available/use.

Infarmet: there was also a ban Rapid monkeypox test

The placing on the market of the "Rapid Monkeypox Test" by the manufacturer Pantest was also banned due to non-compliance with the conditions necessary for its availability. In an information circular posted on the website, Infarmed states that by decision of August 11, it has banned the placing on the market of the in vitro diagnostic medical device “The Monkeypox Ag Pantest Rapid Test (Reference MKP(AG))”. , in accordance with Directive 98/79/EC.

There are 810 confirmed cases of monkeypox in Portugal, according to data from the Directorate General of Health released on Thursday.

On July 16, vaccination of the first close contacts of the infected began, and by August 13, 215 contacts had been vaccinated.

DGS states that it continues to identify suitable contacts in various regions and target vaccinations.

According to the DGS, Portugal remains in the list of 10 countries with the highest number of infections, being the sixth European country with the highest incidence.

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Portuguese historical films will premiere on 29 December.



Portuguese historical films will premiere on 29 December.

Method Media Bermuda will present the documentary FABRIC: Portuguese History in Bermuda on Thursday, December 29 at the Underwater Research Institute of Bermuda.

A spokesperson said: “Method Media is proud to bring Bermuda Fabric: Portugal History to Bermuda for its 5th and 6th showing at the Bermuda Underwater Observatory. In November and December 2019, Cloth: A Portuguese Story in Bermuda had four sold-out screenings. Now that Bermuda has reopened after the pandemic, it’s time to bring the film back for at least two screenings.

“There are tickets For $ 20 – sessions at 15:30 and 18:00. Both screenings will be followed by a short Q&A session.

Director and producer Milton Raboso says, “FABRIC is a definitive account of the Portuguese community in Bermuda and its 151 years of history, but it also places Bermuda, Acors and Portugal in the world history and the events that have fueled those 151 years.

“It took more than 10 years to implement FABRIC. The film was supported by the Minister of Culture, the Government of the Azores and private donors.

Bermuda Media Method [MMB] Created in 2011 by producer Milton Raposo. MMB has created content for a wide range of clients: Bermuda’s new hospital renovation, reinsurance, travel campaigns, international sports and more. MMB pays special attention to artistic, cultural and historical content.

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Maestro de Braga is the first Portuguese in the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba.



Maestro de Braga is the first Portuguese in the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba.

Maestro Filipe Cunha, Artistic Director of the Philharmonic Orchestra of Braga, has been invited to conduct the Cuban National Symphony Orchestra, as announced today.

According to a statement sent by O MINHO, “he will be the first Portuguese conductor to conduct this orchestra in its entire history.”

In addition to this orchestra, the maestro will also work with the Lyceo Mozarteum de la Habana Symphony Orchestra.

The concerts will take place on 4 and 12 March 2023 at the National Theater of Cuba in Havana.

In the words of the maestro, quoted in the statement, “these will be very beautiful concerts with difficult but very complex pieces” and therefore he feels “very motivated”.

From the very beginning, Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 will be performed by an Italian pianist (Luigi Borzillo), whom the maestro wants to bring to Portugal later this year. In the same concert, Mendelshon’s First Symphony will be performed.

Then, at the second concert, in the company of the Mexican clarinetist Angel Zedillo, he will perform the Louis Sfora Concerto No. 2. In this concert, the maestro also conducts Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony.

“This is an international recognition of my work. An invitation that I accept with humility and great responsibility. I was surprised to learn that I would be the first Portuguese member of the Cuban National Symphony Orchestra. This is a very great honor,” the maestro said in a statement.

“I take with me the name of the city of Braga and Portugal with all the responsibility that goes with it, and I hope to do a good job there, leaving a good image and putting on great concerts. These will be very special concerts because, in addition to performing pieces that I love, especially Rachmaninov and Tchaikovsky, I will be directing two wonderful soloists who are also my friends. It will be very beautiful,” concludes Filipe Cunha.

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