In a press release, ANSM calls on doctors and pharmacists to limit the dispensing of paracetamol due to supply tensions.
As winter and its colds approach, and in the midst of an epidemic wave of Covid-19, patients will have to tighten their belts regarding the consumption of Doliprane or Efferalgan. In a statement, the National Medicines Safety Agency (ANSM) urged healthcare professionals to limit the supply of paracetamol to their patients.
Thus, pharmacists are invited tolimit delivery to two boxes per patient» in the absence of a prescription, to «prefer dispensing by prescription», and to limit the online sale of paracetamol. Doctors should avoid prescribing this pain reliever to patients.who do not need it immediately“, and of”prefer a dose of three doses per day every 8 hours (rather than four doses per day every 6 hours)“.
Patients, ANSM asks not to top up and expect a “adapted dispensation“: Pharmacists will indeed be able to sell a quantity of paracetamol lower than that stated on the prescription. ANSM, but also the College of General Medicine and the pharmacists’ unions invite us to “moderate the use of paracetamol” to “allow patients who have an immediate need to benefit from it“.
This statement is based on supply tensions that have lasted since July, which ANSM had previously warned about. We are talking about production difficulties and increased consumption during the Covid crisis.
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