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Parents and carers advised to check Buccolam syringes before use

18 Jan 2018

The Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has advised people to carefully check Buccolam prefilled syringes before giving the medicine. This is because in a small number of cases, the translucent tip-cap has stayed attached to the syringe when the red cap has been removed.

If the translucent tip-cap stays on the syringe it will stop the medicine entering the mouth. It could also lead to the tip-cap falling into the person’s mouth when pressure is applied to the syringe.

Topiramate may be linked to increased risk of birth defects in babies born to women taking the medicine

9 Jan 2018

TopirimateA new US study has found that taking the medicine topiramate during pregnancy may cause an increased risk of birth defects.

Topiramate is an epilepsy medicine sometimes used to treat generalised tonic-clonic seizures or focal seizures. This medicine can also be used for other conditions, such as bipolar disorder.

Accord topiramate tablets out of stock in the UK

21 Dec 2017

Accord topiramate tablets are out of stock in the UK in all doses.

Accord expects the 25mg, 50mg and 100mg tablets to be back in stock in February. The 200mg tablets may be back in stock in mid-January.

If you usually take Accord topiramate, your pharmacist might give you a different version of topiramate when you next pick up your prescription. If you have any concerns about this, speak to your family doctor, epilepsy nurse or epilepsy specialist.

Epilepsy Action’s ‘Epilepsy and you’ online self-management course short-listed for a healthcare industry award

1 Dec 2017

Epilepsy Action was shortlisted for a healthcare industry award for its online self-management course, ‘Epilepsy and you’. The course was developed to help people with epilepsy better manage their own condition. The charity was nominated for the Health Service Journal’s 2017 Awards.

Government update to guidelines about switching between different forms of epilepsy medicines says prescribers should consider the individual’s concerns

1 Dec 2017

The government has added to its guidelines about switching between different forms of epilepsy medicines. The update says that prescribers need to take into consideration people’s thoughts and concerns.

Potential product defect with Buccolam (buccal midazolam) prefilled plastic syringes

30 Nov 2017

Shire Pharmaceuticals in the UK has reported a product defect with some of its Buccolam prefilled syringes. In a small number of cases, the translucent tip-cap has stayed on the syringe when the red cap is pulled off.

If the translucent tip-cap stays on the syringe it will stop the medicine entering the mouth. It could also lead to the tip-cap falling into the person’s mouth when pressure is applied to the syringe.

Fitness to practice medicine impaired, says medical tribunal looking into Dr Valerie Murphy in charge of Connor Sparrowhawk’s care

14 Nov 2017

Dr Valerie Murphy’s fitness to practice medicine has been found to be impaired by misconduct. This was decided by a medical practitioners tribunal on Sunday 12 October.

Dr Murphy was in charge of the care of 18-year-old Connor Sparrowhawk at an NHS facility in 2013. Connor, who had epilepsy, learning disabilities and autism, died after having a seizure in the bath.

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