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# Irish Medicines Board

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# warning
Emergency allergic reaction pens found to be defective
Seven lots of Jext pens are being recalled by the Irish Medicines Board.
# warning
Supplements used in weight loss and bodybuilding linked to death in US
Consumers are being warned not to take products in the OxyELITE range.
# Convictions
Unauthorised erectile dysfunction medicine leads to two court cases
A man and a woman were found supplying unauthorised prescription medicines for the condition.
# Illegal Medicine
Pills, liquids and creams among 750,000 doses of illegal medicines seized last year
The Irish Medicines Board said sedatives, weight loss pills and erectile dysfunction drugs were the most detained items as they warn against online purchasing.
# Organ transplants
Minister: There is no reason to annul the organ transplant legislation
Minister of State Alex White has hit back at calls for the organ transplant legislation to be annulled ahead of a Seanad debate on the matter next week.
# 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.
# Medicine
3 in 5 people read product information on prescription medication: IMB
Meanwhile, just one in two people read the information supplied with over-the-counter medicines, according to a new Irish Medicines Board survey.
# Cancer
Irish start-up company develops 'groundbreaking' cancer treatment
MitaMed has begun a clinical trial in Cork and Dublin hospitals for its treatment for colorectal cancers.
# 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.
# 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.
# Clinical trials
What happens during a clinical trial?
Medicines available in Ireland are required to undergo clinical trials before being granted a license – but just what is involved in a clinical trial?
# 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.
# 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.
# Health
Breast implants scare to be discussed at Leinster House
Irish Medicines Board to give latest news on status of PIP implants with which at least 1,500 Irish women were fitted.
# Daily Fix
The Daily Fix: Thursday’s evening round-up of all the day’s main news, plus the bits and pieces you may have missed.
# 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
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.
# Recall
Batches of three cancer drugs recalled by Medicines Board
The Irish Medicines Board said it was a purely precautionary measure.
# Daily Fix
The Daily Fix: Wednesday
In tonight’s Fix: Aviva staff hit back at job cuts; Westlife call it a day; and which presidential candidate will be on your pumpkin?
# Halloween
Parents warned of potentially poisonous Halloween facepaints
The Irish Medicines Board and the HSE warn parents to be aware of some facepaints with high lead content.
# Black Market
50,000 illegal and counterfeit medicines seized in Ireland
A major international operation targeting the sale of illegal and counterfeit medicines online has resulted in the seizure of €150,000 worth of drugs in Ireland.
# 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?
# Children
Cough and cold medicines not to be used by children under 6
The Irish Medicines Board made the announcement today, saying that there are few benefits in taking them but some risks.
# Vaccine
Mother says she's totally convinced swine flu jab caused son's narcolepsy
There are now 16 confirmed cases of narcolepsy with links to the swine flu vaccine Pandemrix in Ireland. A support group is criticising what it’s calling the ‘minimal’ response from the HSE.
# Swine Flu
European medicines watchdog says swine flu jab not suitable for children
The European Medicines Agency has said there is a link between the drug Pandemrix and the sleeping disorder narcolepsy in young people.
# Health
Eight out of ten consumers want herbal medicines regulated
A new regulatory system for herbal products comes into effect across the EU from Sunday 1 May.
# Daily Fix
The Daily Fix: Friday
In today’s Fix: an appeal to consumers to stop buying medicines online; Japanese officials say a large radiation leak may have occurred at the Fukushima plant; and we show some of the best results of our caption competition.
# 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.
# Bad Hair Day
Bad hair day: the 12-week blowdry is banned
Some tests found the salon hair straightening treatment could contain up to 12 per cent formaldehyde.
# Medicines
Illegal medicines worth €500k seized
Ireland joined a co-ordinated international Interpol operation targeting the sale of illegal and counterfeit medicine.
# Diabetes
Diabetes drug withdrawn over heart safety fears
The medication has been taken off the market after European Medicines Agency ruled that the risks outweigh the benefits.