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 microscopic colitis with sertraline: TGA Drug Safety Alert

Safety update: Potential risk of microscopic colitis associated with the use of sertraline. Sertraline is antidepressant medication marketed under the brand name Zoloft and multiple generic brands. It acts as a selective serotonin re-uptake inhibitor (SSRI) with the below therapeutic indications: Treatment of obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) in children and adolescents (aged 6 years and

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

Propylhexedrine: Potential risk of drug misuse, abuse and serious health consequences

United States Food & Drug administration (USFDA) released a drug safety communication to bring more awareness on potential drug misuse and abuse of propylhexedrine associated with serious complications like abnormal heart rhythm, high blood pressure, and paranoia. It is marketed under the brand name Benzedrex. Propylhexedrine is a nasal decongestant available in the retail pharmacy

DHPC – Zolgensma (onasemnogene abeparvovec): risk for thrombotic microangiopathy

European Medicine Agency (EMA) released a direct healthcare professional communication (DHPC) pertaining to the risk of thrombotic microangiopathy (TMA) associated with Zolgensma gene therapy to bring increased awareness of TMA for patients receiving onasemnogene abeparvovec. Zolgensma (onasemnogene abeparvovec) is a gene therapy medication used in the treatment of spinal muscular atrophy indicated for children of

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

Severe cutaneous adverse reactions (SCARs) associated with atezolizumab use: DHPC for an identified risk

A direct healthcare professional communication (DHPC) released by Swissmedic, Switzerland health authority pertaining to a safety concern – severe cutaneous adverse reaction (SCAR) associated with Tecentriq® (atezolizumab) use. Atezolizumab is an anticancer medicine available with the brand name – Tecentriq®. It is a monoclonal antibody used in the treatment of urothelial carcinoma, non-small cell lung

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 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

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