Published: 12 December 2013

Quarterly Summary of Medsafe Early Warning System Communications

Prescriber Update 34(4): 49
December 2013

The early warning system provides current and historical information on safety concerns for medicines and medical devices. These warnings are intended to help consumers and healthcare professionals make informed decisions about their use of medicines and medical devices.

More information about the early warning system can be found on the Medsafe website (

Date Communication Topic
4 October 2013 Alert Pradaxa (dabigatran etexilate) and oesophageal ulcer
1 November 2013 Monitoring Statins and a possible risk of acute kidney injury (without rhabdomyolysis)
1 November 2013 Monitoring Ornidazole and adverse effects on the eye
11 November 2013 Alert m-Captopril tables 12.5mg, 25mg, 50mg, 100mg - Manufacturing Issues
12 November 2013 Alert Discontinuation of oral ketoconazole (Nizoral) 200mg tablets
12 November 2013 Monitoring Update: Hydroxyethyl starch solutions (Voluven, Volulyte 6%) associated with increased risk of mortality and renal impairment

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