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Drug Safety Update - April 2009

The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has published Drug Safety Update for April 2009 (PDF).

This issue contains hot topics about prescribers’ responsibilities for off-label or unlicensed use of medicines and recent changes to the law regarding over-the-counter sales of cough and cold medicines for children, a yellow card update that focusses on a safety update for the human papillomavirus immunisation programme and drug safety updates in the following areas:

  • Antiepileptics: adverse effects on bone
  • Methylthioninium chloride (methylene blue): update on CNS toxicity with serotonergic drugs

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

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