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BMJ Support Palliat Care 3:138-140 doi:10.1136/bmjspcare-2013-000493
  • 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

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Safety updates

Carbamazepine, oxcarbazepine and eslicarbazepine risk of serious skin reactions

The UK Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has highlighted the risk of serious skin reactions, including Stevens-Johnson syndrome, with carbamazepine, oxcarbazepine and eslicarbazepine in patients with European descent or Japanese origin who have the HLA-A*3101 genetic marker. The risk of serious skin reactions with these drugs is already known to be associated with patients of Asian origin who have the genetic marker HLA-B*1502, and screening is recommended for patients of Han Chinese or Thai origin before treatment with these drugs.

There are currently insufficient data to support screening for the HLA-A*3101 genetic marker before treatment. Current advice is that …

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