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Review confirms small increased cardiovascular risk with daily doses at or above 2,400 mg

European Medicines Agency’s (EMA's) Pharmacovigilance Risk Assessment Committee (PRAC) has completed a review confirming a small increase in the risk of cardiovascular problems, such as heart attacks and strokes, in patients taking high doses of ibuprofen (at or above 2,400 mg per day).

The review clarifies that the risk with high-dose ibuprofen is similar to the risk seen with some other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), including COX-2 inhibitors and diclofenac.

More information is provided in the following hyperlink:

PRAC recommends updating advice on use of high-dose ibuprofen

 

EMA’s Pharmacovigilance Risk Assessment Committee (PRAC) has recommended restrictions on the use of codeine-containing medicines for cough and cold in children because of the risk of serious side effects with these medicines, including the risk of breathing problems.

The PRAC recommended specifically that:

  • Codeine should be contraindicated in children below 12 years. This means it must not be used in this patient group.
  • Use of codeine for cough and cold is not recommended in children and adolescents between 12 and 18 years who have problems with breathing.
  • All liquid codeine medicines should be available in child-resistant containers to avoid accidental ingestion.

The effects of codeine are due to its conversion into morphine in the body. Some people convert codeine to morphine at a faster rate than normal, resulting in high levels of morphine in their blood. High levels of morphine can lead to serious effects, such as breathing difficulties.

Read more on the following hyperlink:

PRAC recommends restrictions on the use of codeine for cough and cold in children

 

We would like to inform you that the “Draft proposal for an addendum, on transparency, to the “Functional specifications for the EU portal and EU database to be audited - EMA/42176/2014” has been launched on the EMA website for public consultation. Please find the link below for your convenience:

Draft proposal for an addendum, on transparency, to the 'Functional specifications for the European Union portal and EU database to be audited'

Please submit your comments using the template form, which is available through a link in the cover page of this document.

Please forward your comments to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it by Wednesday, 18th February 2015.

 
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