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No prescription medicines included in Pan pharmaceutical recall.

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Media Release

Senator the Hon Kay Patterson Minister for Health and Ageing

1 May 2003

NO PRESCRIPTION MEDICINES INCLUDED IN PAN PHARMACEUTICAL RECALL Federal Minister for Health and Ageing, Senator Kay Patterson, today reassured the Australian community that she had been advised by Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) that medicines prescribed by their doctors, both brand name and generic, are not affected by the Pan Pharmaceutical recall.

"Some people are confusing the products affected by the Pan Pharmaceutical recall with generic prescription medicines which are in no way connected to the current situation," Senator Patterson said.

"The recall affects only complementary preparations, and not prescription medicines recommended by your doctor."

Senator Patterson said it was understandable that people were anxious as a result of the Pan recall.

"I would like to reassure everyone that all prescription medicines, including generic medicines, are safe and people should continue taking them," she said.

Senator Patterson said the TGA today issued its final list of products to be recalled following the suspension of the licence of Pan Pharmaceuticals Limited of Sydney.

A further 701 products have been identified for recall bringing the total number of products identified to 1,369. None of these include prescription medicines.

Senator Patterson said anyone who had concerns about non-prescription medicines should visit the TGA website on or phone the toll-free number 1800 220 007.

For more information contact Randal Markey, Media Adviser, (02) 62777 220 or 0417 694520