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Drug Safety Update: Volume 2 Issue 8, March 2009

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Type: Publication
Series No: Volume 2 Issue 8
Audience: Healthcare professionals
Published: March 2009
Format: Electronic only
Size: A4
Pages: 15
Price: free
Author: MHRA
Copyright: Crown

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Drug safety advice

  • Methylphenidate: updated guidance on safe and effective use in ADHD
  • Atomoxetine: risk of psychotic or manic symptoms
  • Antipsychotics: use in elderly patients with dementia
  • Exenatide (Byetta): risk of severe pancreatitis and renal failure
  • Bisphosphonates: atypical stress fractures

Yellow Card scheme update

  • Adverse drug reactions in focus: progressive multifocal luekoencephalopathy

Hot topic

  • Public perception of herbal medicines

Stop press

  • Efalizumab (Raptiva): recommendation to suspend marketing authorisation
  • Patient-controlled analgesia extension sets: risk of inadequate pain relief
  • Effects of MRI on implantable drug pumps
  • Oral bowel cleansing solutions: risk of harm

Other information from the MHRA

  • Patient Information Leaflets of the month: smoking-cessation aids
  • Consultation: changes to legislation and working during an influenza pandemic

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