Ototoxicity associated with aminoglycoside class of medicines – MHRA drug safety update

Aminoglycosides are potent, broad-spectrum class antibiotics which act by inhibition of bacterial protein synthesis. These are traditional antibacterial medications for gram-negative bacterial infections. Antibacterial medicines coming under this class of ‘aminoglycosides’ are gentamicin, amikacin, tobramycin, and neomycin. Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) – United Kingdom regulatory health authority released a drug safety update

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

An unfavourable benefit-risk profile for Ulipristal acetate 5 mg: A drug withdrawal story

Ulipristal acetate is a selective progesterone receptor modulator which acts by preventing the effects of the female progesterone hormone. This medicine is available in two brand names in market for the below two different therapeutic uses. Esmya® tablets comprising 5 mg ulipristal acetate and therapeutically indicated for Uterine fibroids. It is used for the treatment

Restricted use of oral antihistamines for sedation in children: MedSafe Update

Antihistamines are class of medications which are commonly used in getting relief from allergic symptoms. The most common therapeutic/adverse effect produced by antihistaminergic drugs is drowsiness (sleepiness). These sedating antihistaminic drugs are available as over the counter (OTC) medicine category and can be used for a range of conditions in both adults and children. MedSafe,

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

Oligohydramnios associated with NSAID use in Pregnancy-Safety Communication from USFDA

Oligohydramnios associated with NSAID use in Pregnancy-Safety Communication from USFDA

United States Food and Drug Administration (US-FDA) has issued a safety communication on the potential risk of oligohydramnios in pregnant women when exposed to medicinal products that belongs to the class of Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs) during pregnancy of 20 weeks gestational age. FDA issued this communication to alert health care professionals and consumers for

USFDA issues 'Boxed Warning' for Benzodiazepine class of medicines

Boxed Warning for Benzodiazepine class of medicines: US-FDA Drug Safety Communication

U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released a drug safety communication to update health care professionals and consumers on the significant safety information pertaining to the benzodiazepines class of medications which included “serious risks of drug abuse, drug addiction, physical dependence, and drug withdrawal reactions” which require a boxed warning to be included in all

Hydrochlorothiazide: Drug Safety Update (Label Changes) from USFDA

Hydrochlorothiazide: Drug Safety Update (Label Changes) from USFDA

A new safety labelling change for hydrochlorothiazide (HCTZ) drug was approved by United States Food and Drug Administration (US-FDA). Hydrochlorothiazide is loop diuretic (acts on kidneys by eliminating excess fluids) used in the treatment of high blood pressure and oedema associated with the congestive heart failure. A new safety information identified through routine pharmacovigilance (PV)

Stimulant Laxatives-Safety Update from UK Health Authority- MHRA

Stimulant Laxatives-New Safety Measures by MHRA-UK

New Measures for the Safety Use of Stimulant laxatives Stimulant laxatives are medicines used in the treatment of constipation (infrequent bowel moments). These class of medicines stimulates intestinal motility by promoting secretion of water into the bowel which in turn facilitates bowel movements. The OTC medicines available in the UK market are bisacodyl (such as

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