Medicine Allergy labels not good enough – Carmichael

Alistair Carmichael, MP for Orkney and Shetland, today has called on the Government to ensure that medicines for treating anaphylactic reactions themselves contain full allergy notes. At present, many medicines for treating these conditions contain allergens, but the data sheets do not make clear which allergens are included.

Speaking in the House of Commons, Mr. Carmichael said:

“Most of those who suffer from food allergies will rely on medicines to manage their reactions. But the data sheets for these medicines themselves are often incomplete. As was explained to me by a constituent last week, medicines for handling anaphylactic reactions can often include lactose and soya without having that on the data sheets. So as well as looking to his own departmental responsibilities, will he speak to his colleagues in the Department for Health to ensure that when people rely on medicines they know that they can use them safely.”

Responding on behalf of the Government, David Rutley MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Food and Animal Welfare, said:

“An important point, and I will make sure that officials factor that in to their review and absolutely we need to work very closely with colleagues in Department for Health and Social Care as well to ensure that that is absolutely factored in to the approach we take on going forward.”

Commenting after the exchange, Mr. Carmichael said:

“Many people are suffering from increasingly complex allergic conditions, many suffer multiple allergies. If you are given medicine with incomplete data sheets, there is a real risk that instead of being life saving, it simply sets off another reaction, making a bad situation, worse.

“It is good that the Government are willing to work across the departments to overhaul the current food allergy rules, but this must be done urgently.”

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