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

Risk of heart valve regurgitation/incompetence with systemic and inhaled fluoroquinolones: Direct Healthcare Professional Communication

German Health Authority – Federal Institute for Drugs and Medical Devices, released a safety alert for fluoroquinolone antibiotics for the potential risk of heart valve regurgitation. This is a direct healthcare professional communication released by marketing authorisation holder of respective medicinal products in liaison with European Medicines Agency (EMA) to inform health care professionals on

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

Potential medication error and unintentional overdose associated with methotrexate use

Methotrexate is an immunosuppressant medication used in the treatment of autoimmune diseases and some type of cancers. It acts by competitively inhibiting the dihydrofolate reductase (DHFR), a key enzyme involved in the synthesis of DNA, RNA, thymidylates, and proteins. Different regulatory bodies issued alerts on the safety concerns of medication errors and fatal overdose occurrences

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

Naloxone use for opioid use disorder: US-FDA recommendation

USFDA Drug Safety Communication: Naloxone use for opioid use disorder

On 23-Jul-2020, United States Food and Drug Administration (USFDA) has released a recommendation for the use of Naloxone in the treatment of opioid use disorder and for patients who are at increased risk of opioid overdose. Opioids are a class of drugs which are used to reduce moderate to severe pain in patients who are

Drug Safety Alerts from PvPI-Pharmacovigilance System for India

Drug Safety Alerts from PvPI-Pharmacovigilance System for India

PvPI-Pharmacovigilance Programme for India is a national drug safety monitoring center for India maintained by Indian Pharmacopoeia Commission (IPC) located at Ghaziabad. As part of routine analysis of individual case safety reports (reports of adverse drug event/reactions from a patient) originated from India, PvPI has identified and released two new drug safety alerts for the

benefit-risk profile for Hydroxychloroquine in the COVID-19 treatment

An unfavourable benefit-risk profile for Hydroxychloroquine in the COVID-19 treatment

Hydroxychloroquine is an antimalarial class of drug which is used in the treatment and prevention of acute attacks of malaria. It is also used to treat discoid or systemic lupus erythematosus, rheumatic disorders like rheumatoid arthritis, porphyria cutanea tarda and Q fever. Hydroxychloroquine acts by increasing pH within intracellular vacuoles and alter processes such as protein

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