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Alert over cold tablets

THE city's food and drug watchdog yesterday advised the public to strictly follow the guidelines given with a commonly used over-the-counter cold medicine and report any adverse reactions.

The alert came after the State Food and Drug Administration urged on its website yesterday that medical staff, producers and sellers should raise public awareness on the proper use and safety of Vitamin C Yinqiao tablets as the National Center for Drug Adverse Reaction Monitoring had received 1,885 cases of adverse reactions from 2004 to April 30 this year.

Among the 1,885 cases, 48 people had serious adverse reactions including skin rashes, abnormal liver function, fainting spells, kidney problems and low white cell counts. There were no reports of fatalities.

The SFDA said some people had been taking too much of the product or had been taking similar medicine at the same time.

The tablets contains 13 ingredients including vitamin C, paracetamol and Chinese herbs such as honeysuckle and forsythia.

Du Bing, an official from the Shanghai Food and Drug Administration, said: "It is not rare that the medicine caused some adverse reaction. The key is that medical staff and pharmacists should give proper direction to patients and customers and people should follow the guidance appropriately and not abuse the medicine."


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