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Advising individuals with allergies on their suitability for AstraZeneca COVID-19 Vaccine

8 January 2021Advice on whether people with a previous allergic reaction can have the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine.

Excipients information for AstraZeneca COVID-19 Vaccine

7 January 2021This page summarises and signposts to publicly available information from professional and government bodies relating to the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine

Advising individuals with allergies on their suitability for Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine

7 January 2021Advice on whether people with a previous allergic reaction can have the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine.

Excipients information for Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine

15 December 2020This page summarises and signposts to publicly available information that we’re aware of from professional and government bodies relating to the Pfizer-BioNTech

Handling questions about excipients

26 October 2020Quality and Risk Management Group Pharmaceutical excipients are constituents of a medicine that are not used for their direct therapeutic action, but to aid the…

What issues should be considered in patients with peanut allergy requiring a medicine containing soya?

16 October 2020Peanut and soya belong to the same plant family, so there is concern about cross-sensitivity. This Medicines Q&A (updated April 2020) discusses the issues to…

Oral antihistamines – which are available in lactose-free formulations?

28 September 2020This updated Medicines Q&A includes a table which gives details of oral, single active constituent, antihistamine preparations that have lactose free formulations.

What factors need to be considered when prescribing for lactose intolerant adults?

24 February 2020This Medicines Q&A discusses the types of lactose intolerance people may suffer from, how to determine the lactose content of medicines, and what factors healthcare…

Is there a lactose-free hormone replacement therapy (HRT)?

24 February 2020This Medicines Q&A provides a summary of the currently available HRT preparations that contain lactose and suggests options for lactose-free alternatives.

Drugs for urinary disorders – are any lactose-free?

5 February 2020This Medicine Q&A gives details of available urinary frequency, enuresis, incontinence and urinary retention preparations that do not contain lactose. There is a lactose-free preparation…