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Drug Safety Update - August 2008

The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has published Drug Safety Update for August 2008 (PDF).

This issue includes the following drug safety advice articles:

  • Antiepileptics: suicidal thoughts and behaviour
  • Recombinant human erythropoietins: new recommendations for treatment of anaemia in cancer

In addition, this issue contains a hot topic containing information about thalidomide and lenalidomide for multiple myeloma. The stop press section contains several reminders of developments in the last month including the prescribing restrictions imposed for moxifloxacin and using oral metronidazole (not intravenous) to treat Clostridium difficile-associated diarrhoea unless advised otherwise by a specialist.

Action: Clinicians will find this publication to be a useful review of current issues in drug safety.

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