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The sudden withdrawal of triazolam – reasons and consequences


On 2 October all products containing the benzodiazepine triazolam (Halcion and generic alternatives) were withdrawn from the market in Britain.1,2 Section 118 of the Medicines Act bars the Committee on Safety of Medicines (CSM) from explaining in detail why it advised ministers to suspend the drug's licence. We discuss the background to the decision and its clinical consequences.

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