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DEMOCRATS MEDIA 04/264 WEDNESDAY 31 MARCH 2004

SENATOR LYN ALLISON AUSTRALIAN DEMOCRATS HEALTH SPOKESPERSON

DEMOCRATS WANT PUBLIC DRUG RECALL DISCLOSURE The Australian Democrats say the Government applies one standard to pharmaceutical recalls and another to complementary health products, this time in failing to inform consumers on its prescription pain drug Codalgin Forte recall, said Senator Lyn Allison, Democrats Health Spokesperson.

A batch of the drug manufactured without its most active pain-killing ingredient, codeine, was recalled but the TGA made no attempt to warn patients against taking the drug or taking high doses to make up for its lack of painkilling effect. Limited warnings were given to doctors and pharmacists.

“Given the risks to patients unaware that the faulty drug will be less effective as a painkiller, the Government should have taken action.

"Today in the Senate the Government was unable to explain why patients were not followed up and informed about the recall, despite warnings from pharmacists about the dangers.

"The TGA comes down heavily on complementary health, recalling hundreds of natural supplement products without any evidence that they were harmful but tiptoes around the serious errors of the big international pharmaceutical companies."

"People should be warned by the TGA against taking extra doses to make up for the missing codeine pain killing ingredient, warned that subsequent batches would have the correct dose and, preferably, return the drugs immediately to their pharmacist.”

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