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BMJ Support Palliat Care 3:31-33 doi:10.1136/bmjspcare-2012-000436
  • News and notes

News and updates from palliativedrugs.com

  1. Sarah Charlesworth2
  1. 1Department of Palliative Medicine, University of Nottingham, Nottingham, UK
  2. 2palliativedrugs.com, Hayward House Study Centre, Nottingham, UK
  1. Correspondence to Andrew Wilcock, Department of Palliative Medicine, University of Nottingham, Hayward House, Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust, Nottingham NG5 1PB, UK; andrew.wilcock{at}nottingham.ac.uk

www.palliativedrugs.com has provided essential independent information about drugs used in palliative and hospice care for over a decade. It contains the on-line Palliative Care Formulary (PCF), and provides free access to a Bulletin Board to stimulate questions and share experiences, a Document Library containing 450 items of useful information and a Syringe Driver Survey Database containing details of over 2350 different drug combinations. Territory-specific book versions (the UK Palliative Care Formulary 4th edition, Hospice and Palliative Care Formulary USA 2nd edition and Palliative Care Formulary Canadian edition) and an e-book PDF version of the PCF can also be purchased via the website. This feature provides a selection of items which have featured in the News and Latest Additions sections in recent months; for additional information please register for free on the website.

Safety updates

EMA review of cardiovascular safety of NSAIDs

The European Medicines Agency (EMA) has finalised a review of recently published information on the cardiovascular safety of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). The review confirms the findings from previous reviews which concluded that the overall benefit-risk balance of NSAIDs remained positive, but that a small increased cardiovascular risk could not be excluded.

Most of the data related to diclofenac, ibuprofen and naproxen. The latest evidence continues to find a small increase in the risk of cardiovascular undesirable effects for diclofenac compared with other non-selective NSAIDs, similar to the risks of COX-2 inhibitors, particularly with long-term use of high doses and in patients already at high risk. Warnings are already included in the Summary of Product Characteristics (SPC). However, the EMA will now assess all available data on diclofenac (both published and unpublished) to consider the need for updated treatment advice. In relation to naproxen and ibuprofen, the current treatment advice adequately reflects the knowledge regarding their safety and efficacy.

Fatal cases of severe symptomatic hypocalcaemia with denosumab

The UK Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency …

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