Self Care Week picks up publics frustrations around GP appointments

Self Care Week picks up publics frustrations around GP appointments

November 14 2017 One in ten people says they are driven to exaggerate symptoms in order to get a...

Vaping should be ‘promoted’ as smoking cessation aid

Vaping should be ‘promoted’ as smoking cessation aid

October 17 2017 Electronic cigarettes should be promoted as a method of stopping smoking, the...

MHRA issues Drug Safety Updates for loperamide and miconazole

MHRA issues Drug Safety Updates for loperamide and miconazole

October 4 2017 The medicines regulator, the MHRA, has issued Drug Safety Updates on two...

Leo withdraws plans to launch OTC version of Dovonex

Leo withdraws plans to launch OTC version of Dovonex

September 20 2017 Leo Pharma has announced it will not now launch an over-the-counter version of...

Boots introduces generic levonorgestrel for EHC service

Boots introduces generic levonorgestrel for EHC service

September 4 2017 Boots has announced it is starting to make available a cheaper generic...

  • Self Care Week picks up publics frustrations around GP appointments

    Self Care Week picks up publics frustrations around GP appointments

    Tuesday, 14 November 2017 18:58
  • Vaping should be ‘promoted’ as smoking cessation aid

    Vaping should be ‘promoted’ as smoking cessation aid

    Tuesday, 17 October 2017 14:31
  • MHRA issues Drug Safety Updates for loperamide and miconazole

    MHRA issues Drug Safety Updates for loperamide and miconazole

    Wednesday, 04 October 2017 16:25
  • Leo withdraws plans to launch OTC version of Dovonex

    Leo withdraws plans to launch OTC version of Dovonex

    Wednesday, 20 September 2017 14:11
  • Boots introduces generic levonorgestrel for EHC service

    Boots introduces generic levonorgestrel for EHC service

    Monday, 04 September 2017 15:09

Umesh Modi is a chartered accountant, and Pamini Jatheeskumar is a chartered certified accountant at Silver Levene...
  Don Lavoie is alcohol programme manager at Public Health England and Gul Root is lead...
Don Lavoie is alcohol programme manager at Public Health England and Gul Root is lead pharmacist, Health and Wellbeing Directorate, Public Health England
More inWhite Papers  

a bmj logo cbAugust 11 2017

Excessive use of a dental fixative containing zinc has been deemed the likely cause of a man suffering numbness and muscle weakness in his legs. 

Investigations into the symptoms which had gone on for half a year detected copper deficiency myelopathy (CDM), neural damage in the spinal cord. Doctors have highlighted the case in BMJ Case Reports.

The copper deficiency is believed to have been due to zinc in the dental fixative interfering with copper absorption, due to the man having used “2-4 tubes of denture fixative that contained zinc every week for the past 15 years because of his ill-fitting false teeth.”

The symptoms were sufficient to prevent the man from leaving the house. The man was advised to stop using that type of dental fixative and was also given copper supplements. However, there was not a complete recovery and the man continued to experience some symptoms.

The doctors warn that “irreversible nerve damage may be a consequence of a delayed diagnosis of CDM.”

Links:
BMJ announcement
LS Carroll et al. ‘Zinc containing dental fixative causing copper deficiency myelopathy’. BMJ Case Reports 2017. Published online August 8 2017.

OTC News

November 16 2017 Pharmacy contractors in England have until December 8 to complete the online Quality Payments declaration, PSNC is advising.
December 7 2015 Pharmacists in Scotland have been asked to share their views on what politicians need to be made aware of ahead of the Scottish Parliament elections in 2016. The Royal Pharmaceutical Society...