Monthly Archives: January 2012

Parliamentary Questions by Eric Ollerenshaw, MP (23 January 2012)

Benzodiazepines Eric Ollerenshaw: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what warnings his Department has issued on possible teratogenic effects of the use of benzodiazepines; when such warnings were issued; and on what scientific evidence they were based. [90539] Mr … Continue reading

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Email from John Perrott to Dr June Raine, Director, Vigilance, Risk Management of Medicines, Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (24 January 2012)

Dear Dr Raine, Would you please explain why 11 new licences for benzodiazepines were issued in the last three years, as this group of drugs has been identified as a risk in the recent Department of Health review on addiction to prescribed medicine, … Continue reading

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Parliamentary Questions by Jim Dobbin, MP (19 January 2012)

Benzodiazepines Jim Dobbin: To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 20 December 2011, Official Report, columns 1137-42W, on benzodiazepines, how many companies hold licences for the manufacture or distribution of (a) Nitrazepam, (b) Flurazepam, … Continue reading

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Article in The Independent: Solicitor reinstated after tribunal accepts sleeping tablets appeal (16 January 2012)

A solicitor who was struck off for dishonesty has been reinstated after a tribunal accepted medical evidence that prescription sleeping tablets had rendered him confused, irrational and reckless at the time of the alleged wrongdoing. Simon Kaberry, 63, from West … Continue reading

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Email from Bilal Ghafoor, Customer Service Centre, Department of Health to John Perrott (05 January 2012)

Our ref: DE00000664523 Dear Mr Perrott, I refer to your further emails to Anne Milton about benzodiazepine addiction. I have been asked to reply. I have reviewed correspondence between you and the Department and I note that you have written … Continue reading

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Article in the Daily Mail: Are sleeping pills mother’s NEW little helper? (02 January 2012)

By Jo Waters Kathy Twomey fell into bed exhausted after another busy day juggling work with childcare for her two children under three years old. But instead of falling asleep, Kathy stayed awake — all night and for the next … Continue reading

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