A great deal has been written about the courageous fight by Diana Levine, a Vermont musician, who lost her arm because of the drug Phenergan. The Food and Drug Administration has now ordered the makers of that drug to include a black box warning on the drug’s label. While Wyeth no longer sells Phenergan, many makers of generic drugs do.
The FDA ordered the companies to put the strongest warning possible about the risks of IV push and Phenergan, also known as promethazine, on the drug label. The stronger warning, referred to as a “black box,” will tell medical professionals that the preferred way to administer promethazine is through intramuscular injection. While the FDA’s action is good, I believe the warning – even though it is a black box warning – should have been even stronger.
Source: Philadelphia Inquirer
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