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EMEA recommends caution with newer Eczema creams

The European Medicines Agency (EMEA) has recommended that Tacrolimus (Protopic)® and Pimecrolimus (Elidel)® should be used with greater caution.

Following a review of the safety of these products the EMEA concluded that the benefits outweigh the risks but that greater caution should be used when prescribing in order to reduce potential risks of skin cancer and lymphoma.

Changes in the product information have been recommended to warn patients and prescribers about the potential risks of these treatments. Additionally, prescribers are reminded that these products:

Further information is contained in the question and answer document on the EMEA website.

Action: Clinicians should be aware of these recommendations and ensure they are implemented.