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Warnings issued over food supplement found to contain hepatotoxic drug

Warnings about a food supplement found to contain nimesulide have been issued by the Food Standards Agency and the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency.

The warnings about the turmeric-based supplement Fortodol (also sold as Leppin Miradin) follow reports in Sweden and Norway of liver damage and death possibly linked to the product. The MHRA said that anyone using either of the products should immediately stop doing so.

The anti-inflammatory drug nimesulide is not authorised as a medicine in the UK, the MHRA explained.

“In those countries where it is licensed this is normally accompanied by tight restrictions, to keep to a minimum the exposure to risks. Consumption of products that may contain undeclared and uncontrolled amounts of nimesulide represents a significant risk,” it stated.

The MHRA is advising anyone with concerns related to the products, which are available to buy in the UK and via the internet, to speak to their pharmacist or GP.

The FSA said it is not possible to identify how many or which batches of the products contain nimesulide.

Citation: The Pharmaceutical Journal URI: 10794052

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