FDA warns about heartburn drug

BMJ 1998; 317 doi: (Published 11 July 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;317:101
  1. Deborah Josefson
  1. San Francisco

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has strengthened its warning about cisapride, a drug for heartburn, after 38 deaths were reported in people taking the drug.

    Cisapride was approved by the administration in 1993 for gastro-oesophageal reflux disease and has become a popular prescription for night-time heartburn. It works by increasing the tone of …

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