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# generic medicine
Pharmacists: New drugs list will save patients and State money
The Irish Medicines Board published an initial list of interchangeable drugs today so pharmacists can offer cheaper alternatives to patients.
# Cannabis
Cannabis-based oral spray approved for use in Ireland
However the medicine, which would boost the quality of life of MS sufferers, can’t be made available until the government changes legislation.
# screening
Cystic Fibrosis Association welcomes granting of licences for embryo testing
Clinics will now offer tests to screen for diseases like cystic fibrosis as well as abnormalities that can cause miscarriages and IVF failure.
# Medicines
Illegal medicines worth €375,000 seized in Ireland as part of global operation
The seizure included more than 120,000 tablets and capsules.
# echinacea
Echinacea shouldn’t be given to children under 12, says Medicines Board
Following a review of echincea’s safety and effectiveness, the IMB is advising against children using it.
# Diet pills
Clinics told to stop advertising 'weight loss' fertility drug
The drug, human chorionic gonadotropin, is licensed for use in fertility treatment, and the Irish Medicines Board said it “advises strongly” against its use for weight loss.
# Defence Forces
No plans to discontinue use of anti-malarial Lariam in Defence Forces
A small group of Irish soldiers are holding protests and bringing legal action over the use of Lariam in the Defence Forces. investigates.
# Cannabis
No clear timeline for approval of cannabis-based painkiller in Ireland
The oral spray Sativex is already available in the UK and preparing to launch in other EU states as a pain treatment for MS patients.
# Drugs
Acid-suppressing drugs linked to increased risk of fracture
Irish Medicines Board issues notice to medical professionals in its latest drug safety newsletter.
# liquid paracetamol
New dosage instructions for children's liquid paracetamol
The Irish Medicines Board says new instructions will give more detail on children’s ages and the related dosage.
# Breast Implants
Medicines board critical of Irish plastic surgery clinic over breast implant scare
The IMB has revealed that the Harley Medical Group failed to communicate properly with their patients over the faulty PIP breast implants.
# Breast Implants
France offers to pay for 30,000 breast implant removals
The French government said the implants should be removed over safety fears – but the Irish Medicines Board has said there is no evidence of risk.
# implants
French health authorities recommend removal of PIP breast implants
The French health minister said the decision was a matter of precaution and the removal is not an urgent issue.
# Breast Implants
Concern that Irish women could be affected by faulty breast implants
The Irish Medicines Board and the Irish Association of Plastic Surgeons has played down cancer fears but urged any concerned patients who have received the implants to consult their surgeon.
# Predictions
The 5 innovations that will change our lives in 5 years...
… That’s according to IBM’s annual market and societal trends analysis.
# Recall
Batches of three cancer drugs recalled by Medicines Board
The Irish Medicines Board said it was a purely precautionary measure.
# Your Say
Poll: Should cough and cold remedies be banned for the under-6s?
The Irish Medicines Board says over-the-counter cough and cold medicines do no good for smaller children and shouldn’t be given to them. What do you think?
# Online Drugs
Irish Medicines Board reports surge in illegal online drug purchases
Weight-loss drugs are the most popular, along with erectile dysfunction products and sedatives.