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BMJ 2010; 341 doi: (Published 23 November 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;341:c6690

FDA tells US doctors to stop prescribing propoxyphene: The US Food and Drug Administration has asked doctors to stop prescribing the opioid propoxyphene, marketed as Darvon and Darvocet and in generic formulations. The drug was linked to a raised risk of cardiac arrhythmias and sudden death. It was removed from the UK market in 2005 and the European Union in 2009.

Spanish parents are to be compensated for looking after children with cancer: The Spanish social security system will pay parents of children aged under 18 with cancer …

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