Risk of agranulocytosis with minocycline antibiotic

Safety update: Product Information (PI) for minocycline is in the process of being updated to include information about agranulocytosis, a rare but potentially life-threatening adverse event. Minocycline is a tetracycline antibiotic that may be used to treat acne that is resistant to other antibiotics, as well as various other susceptible infections. Agranulocytosis is a serious

Risk of Leaking heart valves with Fluoroquinolone class of antibiotics: Drug Safety Alert Health Canada

Safety update: Potential Risk of leaking heart valves (heart valve regurgitation) associated with the use of antibiotics belonging to the Fluoroquinolone class which included ciprofloxacin-, levofloxacin-, moxifloxacin- and norfloxacin-containing medicinal products which are administered by injection or by mouth (systemic) and by breathing in (inhaled). Fluoroquinolones broader spectrum antibiotics which are used in the treatment

Risk of acute pulmonary oedema with Nifedipine use during pregnancy

Safety update: Risk of acute pulmonary oedema with Nifedipine when used for the treatment of preterm labor in pregnancy: Product label update from Therapeutic Goods & Administration (TGA) – Health authority of Australia. The ‘Fertility, pregnancy and lactation’ section of the nifedipine PI (section 4.6) has been updated to include the following information: ‘Acute pulmonary

Risk of venous thromboembolism with Dienogest: TGA Drug Safety Alert

Safety update: Risk of venous thromboembolism with Dienogest: Product label update Dienogest is an oral a progestogen used for contraception in the two below combinations- Valette (dienogest/ethinylestradiol) is indicated for oral contraception and treatment of mild-moderate acne in women wanting contraception Qlaira (dienogest/estradiol valerate) is indicated for oral contraception and treatment of heavy or prolonged

Increased risk of heart rhythm problems with lamotrigine: Drug safety alert from USFDA

Lamotrigine is an anticonvulsant medicine been in the market for more than 25 years with the brand name Lamictal and also available in generics. It is used in the treatment of epileptic seizures and also as maintenance treatment for delaying the occurrence of mood episodes such as depression, mania, or hypomania in patients with the

Boxed Warnings for Pregabalin and Gabapentin

Pregabalin is an anticonvulsant and anxiolytic medication used in the treatment of epileptic seizures, neuropathic pain, restless leg syndrome, fibromyalgia, and generalized anxiety disorder. Gabapentin is an anticonvulsant medication used in the treatment of partial seizures and neuropathic pain. Both Pregabalin and gabapentin which are referred as “gabapentinoids” acts on voltage dependent calcium channels in

Metamizole induced liver injury: Direct health care professional communication (DHPC)

European Medicines Agency (EMA) released a direct health care professional letter (DHPC) pertaining to the risk of drug-induced liver injury (DILI) by metamizole. We encourage all health care professionals to be aware of this new safety alert and to disseminate this significant information to the relevant stakeholders for a better patient safety. Metamizole (also known

An increased risk of postpartum haemorrhage associated with SSRI/SNRI antidepressant medicines

Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRI) and serotonin and norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRI) are antidepressant class of medications used in the treatment of depression. They act by increasing the levels of serotonin and norepinephrine in the brain for therapeutic effect. United Kingdom health authority – Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) released a drug safety

TRISENOX (arsenic trioxide) and potential medication errors: DHPC from Teva Pharmaceuticals

Arsenic trioxide is a chemotherapeutic medication used in the treatment of newly diagnosed low-to-intermediate risk acute promyelocytic leukaemia (APL) and relapsed/refractory APL characterized by the presence of leukaemia/retinoic-acid-receptor-alpha (PML/RAR-alpha) gene. The initial approved formulation available in market for arsenic trioxide is 1 mg/ml single-use 10 ml of glass ampoule (This formulation comprises 10 mg of

Risk of progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy with Tecfidera (dimethyl fumarate): DHPC from Biogen

Biogen released a direct healthcare professional communication (DHPC) pertaining to the risk of progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy (PML) associated with Tecfidera (dimethyl fumarate) to alert healthcare professionals for safe usage of this medicine and implementing the recommended risk minimizing measures. This DHPC released in agreement with European Medicines Agency (EMA) and national health authority of Ireland

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