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An initiative to prevent
Benfluorex and cardiac
the adverse effects
abuse in Europe
valve disease: long delay
of metformin
in publication
In Europe, methylphenidate con-
Collaboration between clinicians
sumption is rising at an alarming rate.
Unresponsive authorities.
and a pharmacovigilance centre
Reports of abuse and addiction are
results in practical benefits for
also increasing.
In 1998, the Italian health
Methylphenidate, an amphe -
Lactic acidosis is a well-
larly, in 1999, the French drug regulato- Metformin accumulation increases the (1,2), as a last-resort symptomatic treat- vascular effects of benfluorex (1). A dou- risk of lactic acidosis. Other risk factors include: dehydration, cardiac or respira- tory failure, recent myocardial infarction, itoring of diabetic patients treated with liver failure, severe acute alcohol intoxi- reported in France and elsewhere (2,3).
benfluorex or pioglitazone (2). Prelimi- analysed methylphenidate consumption reviewed morbidity and mortality resulting and 33 patients on pioglitazone (27% from the adverse effects of metformin phenidate consumption rose sharply in (2). This process is one way of improving (42 patients treated with benfluorex, ver- sus 3 treated with pioglitazone; p<0.0001).
valvular regurgitation was generally con- tion, but the authors did not specify the metformin, the number of reports of lac- ed after only one year of benfluorex treat- mortality fell from 43% to 23%, as did the In practice. These European data are
proportion of patients requiring intensive in line with previous observations made in In practice. The ensuing benfluorex
tion must be taken into account when con- disaster revealed a lack of responsiveness sidering methylphenidate prescription.
In practice. Collaboration between
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