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Wednesday, 8 December 1965

Mr Daly y asked the Minister for Health, upon notice -

1.   Is it a fact that Sedormid tablets are not available in New South Wales because of their side effects?

2.   If so, what are the side effects of the drug?

3.   Are there any substitutes for the drug? If so, what are the names of the substitutes?

Mr Swartz - The answers to the honorable member's questions are as follows -

1.   Yes. Sedormid tablets have been withdrawn from the Australian market, having been declared a prohibited import as the result of a recommendation by the Australian Drug Evaluation Committee.

2.   It has been found that medication with Sedormid tablets can cause a serious blood condition known as thrombocytopenia purpura, which is sometimes fatal.

3.   Yes. Barbiturates, chloral hydrate, paraldehyde, sodium or potassium bromide, glutethimide, bromvaletone, meprobamate, promethazine hydrochloride, and phenothiazine derivatives are alternative drugs which may be prescribed in lieu of Sedormid tablets.

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