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FDA Requires Boxed Warning for Promethazine Hydrochloride Injection
Date:9/16/2009

WASHINGTON, Sept. 16 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is telling manufacturers of the drug promethazine to include a boxed warning regarding the injectable form of the drug. The warning, under FDA's authority to require safety labeling changes, will highlight the risk of serious tissue injury when this drug is administered incorrectly. The agency is also alerting health care professionals to the new boxed warning for this product, which is used as a sedative and to treat nausea and vomiting.

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Promethazine should neither be administered into an artery nor administered under the skin because of the risk of severe tissue injury, including gangrene, the boxed warning says. There is also a risk that the drug can leach out from the vein during intravenous administration and cause serious damage to the surrounding tissue. As a result of these risks, the preferred route of administration is injecting the drug deep into the muscle.

A requested revision in the Dosage and Administration section of the label states that if health care professionals choose to administer promethazine intravenously, they should limit the drug's concentration and rate of administration and ensure a properly functioning intravenous line.

The companies that make promethazine are required to submit the requested safety label changes to the FDA within 30 days or provide a reason why they do not believe such changes are necessary. If they do not submit new language, or the FDA disagrees with the language proposed by the companies, the agency can order the label change as deemed appropriate to address the new safety information.

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