Paraf­fin fire haz­ard

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THE New Zealand Medicines and Med­i­cal De­vices Safety Author­ity (Med­safe) is propos­ing a la­bel warn­ing for paraf­fin-based skin prod­ucts, first iden­ti­fied as a se­ri­ous fire-risk by the UK Medicines and Health­care prod­ucts Reg­u­la­tory Agency (MHRA).

While the New Zealand For­mu­lary en­try for emol­lients con­tains a warn­ing, Med­safe is con­cerned that only health pro­fes­sion­als read this.

“This means that with­out any con­tact with a health­care pro­fes­sional, a con­sumer may not be aware of a fire haz­ard with paraf­fin-based skin prod­ucts,” Med­safe says on its web­site.

With a num­ber of med­i­cal dress­ings and other skin-con­tact prod­ucts con­tain­ing the sooth­ing paraf­fin oil prod­ucts such as creams, oint­ments, lo­tions and gels, Med­safe is propos­ing a warn­ing la­bel and seek­ing pub­lic com­ment on both the word­ing and con­di­tions of la­bel warn­ings.

Bri­tain’s MHRA re­minded health­care pro­fes­sion­als of the firerisks of paraf­fin in Apr 2016.

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