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Oral lidocaine for infant teething reclassified as Pharmacy only

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Key learning points

  • The legal status of oral lidocaine-containing products for infant teething has changed from general sale to pharmacy medicine.

  • Oral lidocaine products for infant teething can only be sold in pharmacies where advice can be given by the pharmacist.

  • Oral lidocaine products for adults or use in other conditions will remain GSL but should not be used in infants for teething.

Safety alert:

Oral lidocaine-containing products for infant teething: only to be available under the supervision of a pharmacist.1


Following a review of the safety of oral lidocaine-containing products for infant teething, the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has announced that the legal status has changed …

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