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New fears over heart-drug ban.

A HEART drug linked to the death of 43 patients was at the centre of a new scare yesterday.

Posicor - designed to treat angina and high blood pressure - was withdrawn from use eight days ago because of serious side-effects.

Now it has emerged that patients taken off the drug are at risk if they switch to other heart medicines.

One American patient died and three other went into shock only days after coming off the treatment.

The findings, originally due to be published in the Journal of the American Medical Association next month, have been released now because of the danger to the public.

GPs have been urged by drug company Roche not to put patients on new drugs for at least two weeks until Posicor has "flushed" itself from the body.

Around 6,000 people in Britain were taking the drug.
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Publication:The People (London, England)
Date:Jun 21, 1998
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