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

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

Fingolimod induced liver injury : DHPC from Novartis

A direct health care professional communication (DHPC) released by Novartis in liaison with European medicines agency (EMA) and some of national competent authorities in Europe to disseminate important safety information pertaining to drug (fingolimod) induced liver injury to alert healthcare professionals for a careful benefit -risk analysis and early implementation of risk minimization measures for

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