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Hypocalcaemia drug warning issued

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A warning has been issued over a drug used to treat kidney patients with hypocalcaemia – low levels of calcium in the blood.

The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency said calcium gluconate injection solution packed in 10mL glass containers contained high aluminium levels, which could cause adverse effects on healthy bone maintenance and brain and nerve development.

It said calcium gluconate in 10mL glass containers should no longer be used for prolonged or repeated treatment in patients with kidney problems or in children. A solution packed in plastic containers should be used instead.

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