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MHRA drug safety update: severe and fatal burns risk with emollients

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Review of: Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency. Emollients: new information about risk of severe and fatal burns with paraffin-containing and paraffin-free emollients. Drug Safety Update 2018;12(5):3.

Key learning points

  • The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency has reported that paraffin-containing and paraffin-free emollient products have a fire-accelerating effect and have been associated with fatal burns.

  • Clothing or fabric such as bedding or bandages that have been in contact with an emollient or emollient-treated skin can rapidly ignite.

  • When prescribing, recommending, dispensing, selling or applying emollient products to patients, healthcare professionals are advised to instruct them not to smoke or go near naked flames.

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