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The PRAC is investigating the cancer medicine docetaxel following cases of neutropenic enterocolitis in patients in France. Most of the patients were being treated for operable breast cancer.

A preliminary assessment by the PRAC indicates that the frequency of this known side effect has not increased in the last two years. A thorough evaluation of available data is being carried out and final conclusions will be published once the review has been completed.

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Pharmacovigilance Risk Assessment Committee (PRAC): 6-9 March 2017

 
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EMA’s Pharmacovigilance and Risk Assessment Committee (PRAC) has recommended the suspension of the marketing authorisations for four linear gadolinium contrast agents because of evidence that small amounts of the gadolinium they contain are deposited in the brain.

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PRAC concludes assessment of gadolinium agents used in body scans and recommends regulatory actions, including suspension for some marketing authorisations

 
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EMA to consider if risks of these medicines require further restrictions of use

The European Medicines Agency (EMA) has started a review looking at the use of valproate-containing medicines in the treatment of women and girls who are pregnant or of childbearing age. These medicines are approved nationally in the EU to treat epilepsy, bipolar disorder and in some countries, migraine, and have been previously reviewed by the Agency.

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New review of valproate use in pregnancy and women of childbearing age

 
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EMA to review persistence of side effects known to occur with quinolone and fluoroquinolone antibiotics

Review to focus on long-lasting effects mainly affecting musculoskeletal and nervous systems

The European Medicines Agency (EMA) is reviewing systemic and inhaled quinolone and fluoroquinolone antibiotics to evaluate the persistence of serious side effects mainly affecting muscles, joints and the nervous system. These side effects are of particular importance when the medicines are used for less severe infections.

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EMA to review persistence of side effects known to occur with quinolone and fluoroquinolone antibiotics

 
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EMA’s Pharmacovigilance Risk Assessment Committee (PRAC) is reviewing the safety of Uptravi (selexipag), following the deaths of 5 patients taking the medicine in France. Based on a preliminary review of available data, EMA advises that Uptravi may continue to be used, but use must be in line with the current prescribing information.

The PRAC will further explore all available data. Once the review is completed, final conclusions will be published.

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EMA reviewing safety of Uptravi for pulmonary arterial hypertension (updated)

 
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