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WhiteTara Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-08-07 10:59 AM
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Roche Antibiotic Plus Calcium May Endanger Babies, U.S. Reports
http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601085&sid=aOr...

July 5 (Bloomberg) -- Babies are at increased risk of death if they are given Roche Holding AG's Rocephin along with products containing calcium, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Roche sent doctors a letter on the danger of administering calcium within 48 hours of using Rocephin, an injectable antibiotic, after reports of deaths of both premature and full- term babies. The FDA posted the letter on its Web site today.

Rocephin is prescribed to treat gonorrhea, bacterial septicemia, urinary tract infections, and acute ear infections, according to the letter from the Basel, Switzerland-based drugmaker.

Ear infections are a common childhood illness. Antibiotics are recommended for children under the age of two with ear infections, according to the National Institutes of Health.


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Tikki Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-08-07 11:26 AM
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1. I'm a bit confused, my pharmacist always says..."No calcium...
(ex:milk or other calcium products) for at least 4 hours before and after taking an antibiotic.


Tikki
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WhiteTara Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-08-07 02:13 PM
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2. I'd listen to him
cause the guys at Roche just want to sell stuff.
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Tesha Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-08-07 03:12 PM
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3. You're normally told this because calcium can "bind" to the antibiotic...
You're normally told this because calcium can "bind"
to the antibiotic, possibly rendering it less effective
or even ineffective.

But as this link points out:

http://www.pharmaceutical-business-review.com/article_n...

the problem with Rocephin+calcium isn't just cancellation
of a good effect, it's the production of a very bad effect.

Tesha
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