Phol­co­dine as­sur­ance

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THE Aus­tralian Self Med­i­ca­tion In­dus­try (ASMI) has pub­lished re­as­sur­ance for Aus­tralians around the safety of cough and cold medicines con­tain­ing phol­co­dine.

ASMI was re­spond­ing to a Chan­nel 9 re­port which re­newed calls for re­stric­tions on phol­co­dine due to po­ten­tial risks of ana­phy­laxis in a small pa­tient group when us­ing neu­ro­mus­cu­lar block­ing agents dur­ing surgery (PD 07 May 2013).

ASMI said phol­co­dine-con­tain­ing medicines had a long his­tory of use and a well-es­tab­lished, favourable safety pro­file.

“In Aus­tralia, cough and cold medicines are reg­u­lated by the Ther­a­peu­tic Goods As­so­ci­a­tion (TGA) and prod­ucts con­tain­ing phol­co­dine have been used by Aus­tralians for more than 30 years.”

Re­ports of an as­so­ci­a­tion be­tween phol­co­dine and ana­phy­lac­tic re­ac­tions to neu­ro­mus­cu­lar block­ing agents dur­ing surgery are hy­po­thet­i­cal, with in­con­sis­ten­cies, un­cer­tain­ties and no causative ef­fect demon­strated, ASMI says.

The TV story cited the TGA say­ing it con­tin­ued to mon­i­tor the is­sue.

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