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Medicine Committee Useful Links

MMDC Useful Links

Restriction of the use of codeine when used for pain relief in children: The European Medicines Authority has recommended that there is a restriction on the use of codeine when used for pain relief in children on the 14th June 2013. The report can be found in full at http://www.ema.europa.eu/docs/en_GB/document_library/Press_release/2013/06/WC500144444.pdf
  • Codeine-containing medicines should only be used to treat acute (short lived) moderate pain in children above 12 years of age, and only if it cannot be relieved by other painkillers such as paracetamol or ibuprofen, because of the risk of respiratory depression associated with codeine use.

  • Codeine should not be used at all in children (aged below 18 years) who undergo surgery for the removal of the tonsils or adenoids to treat obstructive sleep apnoea, as these patients are more susceptible to respiratory problems.

National Prescribing Centre: http://www.npc.co.uk/

British National Formulary: http://bnf.org/bnf/

Electronic Medicines Compendium: http://www.medicines.org.uk/emc/

Regional Drug and Therapeutics Centre:  http://www.nyrdtc.nhs.uk/

UK Medicines Information: http://www.ukmicentral.nhs.uk/aboutukm/index.htm

Reporting Adverse Drug Reactions: http://www.mhra.gov.uk/Safetyinformation/Reportingsafetyproblems/Reportingsuspectedadversedrugreactions/index.htm

National Electronic Library for Medicines: http://www.nelm.nhs.uk/en/

Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA): http://www.mhra.gov.uk/index.htm

Office of Public Sector Information (Statutory Instruments): http://www.opsi.gov.uk/stat.htm

Hansard Debates: http://www.parliament.uk/business/publications/hansard/