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U.K. Hismanal reverse switch

This article was originally published in The Tan Sheet

Executive Summary

The Medicines Control Agency is proposing to relegate Janssen-Cilag's astemizole antihistamine to Rx-only status at the request of the J&J subsidiary. Because Hismanal "is likely to present a danger either directly or indirectly, even if used correctly, when utilized without medical supervision," MCA proposes in a June 19 consultation letter "to delete the pharmacy exemptions for astemizole." In the U.K., Hismanal 10 mg has been available in pharmacies without a prescription as a hayfever treatment for adults and children over 12 since 1983. In the U.S., it is sold as an Rx product for seasonal allergic rhinitis and chronic idiopathic urticaria...

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