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Drug administrator cautions use of nimesulide

SHANGHAI Food and Drug Administration officials said today that they will tighten supervision over the use of nimesulide, an anti-inflammatory drug that has effects on acute pain and fever caused by respiratory tract infection.

Thousands of side effects and even several death cases had been reported involving Chinese children who took the drug.

Local pediatric hospitals said nimesulide, a prescribed medicine, is not a priority fever drug in clinical practice because it is harmful to the central nerve system and to the liver. Local hospitals will strengthen control of the drug.

Parents are also warned about the drug's potential risks when they buy fever medicines at drugstores.


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