Friday, 6 December 2019

3 types of diabetes medication recalled over 'impurity'

Three types of metformin diabetes medications are being recalled after they were found to contain trace amounts of an impurity, the Health Sciences Authority (HSA) said on Thursday (Dec 5).

The affected medications are one batch of Glucient XR Tablet 500mg supplied by Glorious Dexa Singapore and all batches of 750mg and 1000mg versions of Meijumet Prolonged Release Tablet, supplied by Pharmazen Medical.

All three drugs were found to contain amounts of a type of nitrosamine impurity – known as N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA) – which are above the internationally acceptable level.

Patients taking the affected metformin medicines are advised not to stop treatment on their own, as the sudden stopping of medicines will raise blood sugar levels, which may pose a greater health risk.

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After Godfrey Gao: How does cardiac arrest happen when someone looks fit?


The 35-year-old succumbed to cardiac arrest while filming a Chinese variety series in Ningbo, China. Gao had collapsed while running from obstacle to obstacle during the physically demanding show, and died after three hours of rescue efforts.

His death shocked many fans and netizens, with one posting, “I still can’t believe he is gone. He looked so healthy”. And therein lies the disbelief. How could someone who looked as fit and healthy as Gao die of a cardiac arrest? If a well-built body isn’t a good indication of health, what is?

“Good muscle tone is mainly a cosmetic quality and probably does not reflect (a person’s) health status,” said Dr Kelvin Wong, cardiologist from Mount Elizabeth Hospital, who added that being slim is “no guarantee of good health” either.

Dr Kenneth Ng, consultant cardiologist at Novena Heart Centre, agreed: “Looks can be deceiving. You cannot really tell whether a person is healthy or fit by appearance”. Blood pressure, glucose and cholesterol levels are better determinants of whether the person is healthy than judging how chubby he or she looks, he said.

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My photo - Xmas lightup @ Orchard 2019

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E-scooter users will have to pass theory test, be at least 16 years old to ride on cycling paths

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New restrictions on electric scooters in Singapore will come into place after the Government said on Wednesday (Dec 4) it has accepted all recommendations put forward by a panel studying the use of the devices.

No start date has been announced for the implementation of the regulations, which include a minimum age of 16 for e-scooter users to ride on cycling paths. Those under the age of 16 will have to be supervised by adults.

Before riding on cycling paths, e-scooter users will also have to pass a theory test – a requirement which will be extended to electric bicycle users before they are allowed to ride on cycling paths and the roads.

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