Pain meds on hold

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - NEWS -

AD­COCK In­gram has sus­pended sales of dex­tro­propoxyphene (DPP)-con­tain­ing medicines, pend­ing of­fi­cial no­ti­fi­ca­tion from the Medicines Con­trol Coun­cil, which has re­solved that it be with­drawn from the South African mar­ket, a com­pany state­ment said yes­ter­day.

Ear­lier, a Fin24 re­port said the com­pany had with­drawn the painkiller, whose brand names in­clude Sy­nap Forte, Len­to­gesic and Doxyfene.

How­ever, Ad­cock In­gram said it had not with­drawn the med­i­ca­tion yet, just sus­pended pro­mo­tion and sales, and would alert the mar­ket fur­ther once it re­ceived for­mal no­ti­fi­ca­tion from the MCC.

“Ad­cock In­gram has not yet re­ceived for­mal no­ti­fi­ca­tion from the MCC and will wait for such no­ti­fi­ca­tion be­fore mak­ing a de­ci­sion on whether or not to with­draw its DPP-con­tain­ing medicines,” the state­ment read. – Sapa

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