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After the death of a 10-day-old baby at the end of December 2016 following the taking of Uvestol D, Marisol Touraine announced the suspension of the marketing of this product.
Uvestol D, caution prevails
- On December 21, 2016, a 10-day-old infant died at home of a cardiopulmonary arrest following the administration of Uvestol D, a very common vitamin D supplementation product. The Agence du médicament (ANSM) launched an investigation. "Investigations are under way to determine the exact causes of death and whether it is likely to be charged to Uvestol D." Marisol Touraine, Minister of Health, announced on January 4, 2017 the suspension of marketing of this product. While waiting for the results of the survey, parents are asked to stop using this medication.
What is Uvestol D?
- It is an oral drug containing vitamin D. It is prescribed to children from birth and up to 5 years to avoid cases of bone fragility and rickets. It is also prescribed for pregnant or breastfeeding women.
In question, the method of administration by pipette
- For many specialists and the Prescrire magazine, "the problem with this product is the pipette injection in the throat in children who are not yet mature in their reflexes". Dozens of cases of vagal discomfort (the introduction of the drug in the mouth, sometimes too fast, leads to a brief loss of consciousness, a drop in blood pressure and a slowing of the heart rate) and false roads (the liquid borrows the airways) instead of gaining the esophagus) are enumerated each year. Since 2006, this drug is also subject to enhanced surveillance by the French Medicines Agency (ANSM).
Vitamin D remains essential
- The various pediatricians who intervened in the media following this death were anxious to reassure parents: vitamin D does not pose a problem as such. On the contrary, it is essential to fight against rickets and the risk of fracture because it acts on the fixation of calcium in the bone.
- Asked by Le Figaro, Pr Patrick Tounian, head of the pediatric nutrition and gastroenterology department at Trousseau Hospital, recalls that "the risk of a false route is present with any given product pipette, or even with a If the cases seem more numerous with Uvestol, it is only because it is a product that is given to very many children, every day. "
What alternatives to Uvestol?
- There are other ways to give vitamin D to your child, such as drops. Parents can therefore request an alternative to Uvestol D from their pediatrician. A green information number has been set up: 0800 636 636.
More information on the website of the Ministry of Health