30 May '13, 2pm

Acne pill benefits outweigh blood clot risk: EU body.

Acne pill benefits outweigh blood clot risk: EU body.

PARIS: An EU medicines watchdog on Thursday endorsed the safety of acne drug Diane-35, also widely used as a contraceptive, despite protests from France, which has suspended its use. The CMDh, which groups EU drug agencies, agreed with a ruling by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) two weeks ago that the benefits of Diane-35 outweighed the risks of developing blood clots. The CMDh decision, by 26 votes to France's one, agreed with an EMA proposal that the drug should be prescribed solely for acne treatment, as also indicated by its German manufacturer, Bayer. It should not be used in combination with hormonal contraceptives, as this would expose the user to double doses of the female hormone oestrogen and a higher risk of potentially deadly blood clots. The CMDh is tasked with resolving disagreements between EU member states and assuring uniform drug safety measures. The ...

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