Autumnale crocus and colchicine

Colchicine and the FDA « Medical News Digest

March 1, 2014 – 07:34 pm

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MediNewDigest: The name Colchicine evokes personnal memories: My father was severely hurt by a heavy dose of this drug in France in the 1950s..Almost died…

Here is today’s story: The FDA has approved Colcrys, Mutual Pharmaceuticals. many other manufacturers have not (yet?) received approval. Here is a link to the . As you will see the approval seems unenthusiatic.

Quoting the FDA: “…. This analysis revealed cases of fatal colchicine toxicity in certain patients taking standard therapeutic doses of colchicine and concomitant medications that interact with colchicine, such as clarithromycin. These reports suggest that drug interactions affecting the gastrointestinal absorption and/or hepatic metabolism of colchicine play a central role in the development of colchicine toxicity. …”

But what exactly is Colchicine? According to “…originally extracted from plants of the genus Colchicum (autumn crocus, Colchicum autumnale, also known as “meadow saffron….”. So it is a plant extract, with varied uses particularly gout.

Source: www.medinewsdigest.com


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Plants, kids, and pets??

Please check before you plant. Many common garden plants can make a child or a pet severely ill if not kill them. Put in "list common garden plants poison" and look at the websites. All parts of some plants, and only specific parts of other plants are toxic. These are just a few.
Daffodils, hyacinths
Castor Bean
Larkspur
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Iris
Foxglove
Daphne, wisteria
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