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Drug Safety Update - December 2008

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

This issue contains a summary of the achievements of the Yellow Card scheme in 2008, a seasonal quiz of drug safety knowledge and stop press summaries for the following areas:

  • Conventional (typical) antipsychotics: increased mortality in dementia
  • Prograf and Advagraf (tacrolimus): serious medication errors
  • Norfloxacin: restricted use in urinary infections
  • Hedrin: keep treated hair away from sources of fire
  • Melanotan: an unlicensed medicine, the risks of which are unknown
  • Tigecycline reformulation affects compatibility: correction

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

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