News Video | Policy | GPs | Hospitals | Medical | Mental Health | Welfare | Search

 

Paradex And Capadex To Be Withdrawn From NZ

Paradex And Capadex To Be Withdrawn From New Zealand Market

Please attribute this statement to Dr Stewart Jessamine, Group Manager, Medsafe

All medicines containing dextropropoxyphene will be withdrawn from the New Zealand market after a review of the safety and efficacy of these medicines showed that their risks outweighed their possible benefits.

Medicines containing dextropropoxyphene are analgesics used to treat chronic moderate pain. Two medicines containing dextropropoxyphene are currently approved for use in New Zealand – Paradex tablets and Capadex capsules.

After reviewing the available evidence, the Medicines Adverse Reactions Committee (MARC), which advises the Minister of Health on medicines safety issues, concluded that these medicines:

• were no better at treating pain than taking full dose paracetamol.

• could cause additional side effects to those caused by paracetamol used at recommended doses.

•were dangerous in overdose, or if they were taken with alcohol.

Medsafe Group Manager Dr Stewart Jessamine said the withdrawal will be gradual to allow time for the safe transfer of patients to alternative treatments.

“Medsafe is working to implement these recommendations and ensure that the withdrawal is as smooth as possible. The withdrawal will not be immediate to allow time for patients to transfer to alternative treatments,” Dr Jessamine explained.

Medicines containing dextropropoxyphene have been withdrawn in several other countries, most notably the United Kingdom. The European Medicines Agency and Singapore have recently announced that they are also withdrawing these medicines.

When dextropropoxyphene was withdrawn in the United Kingdom it was replaced with other pain killers, mostly by paracetamol alone, codeine alone, or a combination of codeine and paracetamol.

Any patient who is currently being treated with Paradex or Capadex should continue to take their medicines. Those patients who regularly take these medicines will need to see their GP to discuss alternative treatment options.

As with all medicines, consumers and healthcare professionals are encouraged to report all suspected adverse reactions to the Centre for Adverse Reactions Monitoring.


ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 

Howard Davis: Charlotte Yates' Mansfield Project

Katherine Mansfield's vapid verses are of even less interest than her over-rated short stories, but Yates has risen to the challenge of producing a fascinating compilation album by a variety of musicians to accompany her poetry. More>>

Howard Davis: Dazed & Confused by Beats

Beats is both a coming-of-age tale and a romantic movie about endings, set to a nostalgic backdrop of the disappearing tail of the UK's illegal rave scene. More>>

Howard Davis: And The Oscar Goes To … Parasite
For its deliciously dark wit and genre-bending ingenuity, Bong Joon-ho's latest movie has just won four out of a potential six Academy Awards, including Best Screenplay and Director. Only ten foreign-language films have previously been nominated for Best Picture and none have won before. More>>

Howard Davis: 1917's 1,000 Yard Stare

Sam Mendes has created a terrible and barbarous trek, one that we appreciate all the more for being catapulted right into the midst of this ear-splitting melee from the film's opening sequence. More>>

Howard Davis: 1917's 1,000 Yard Stare

Sam Mendes has created a terrible and barbarous trek, one that we appreciate all the more for being catapulted right into the midst of this ear-splitting melee from the film's opening sequence. More>>

Over 150 Productions: NZ Fringe 2020 Has Launched

The upcoming festival will be held at 40 venues all over Wellington Region from 28 February to 21 March, and includes every genre possible—theatre, comedy, dance, music, clowning, cabaret, visual art, children’s shows and more! More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • CULTURE
  • HEALTH
  • EDUCATION
 


 
  • Wellington
  • Christchurch
  • Auckland