Written answers

Tuesday, 26 February 2019

Photo of Michael McGrathMichael McGrath (Cork South Central, Fianna Fail)
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327. To ask the Minister for Health if he will address a matter in relation to patient safety (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [9228/19]

Photo of Simon HarrisSimon Harris (Wicklow, Fine Gael)
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There are no legally binding regulations governing the physical size of tablets/capsules for human consumption to reduce the risk of choking. Companies who market medicines would be expected to consider the suitability of tablet and capsule sizes, taking into account the intended patient population and relevant guidelines such as the European guideline on pharmaceutical development of medicines for paediatric use. However these guidelines are not legally binding and do not specify maximum tablet or capsule sizes.


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