§ Mr. Michael McNair-Wilson
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services whether the drug Augmentin is available on prescription; when it was first introduced; and whether it is known to have any side effects.
§ Mr. Kenneth Clarke
Augmentin is available on prescription only in four formulations: tablets, dispersible tablets, junior suspension and paediatric suspension. The first two products were first marketed in 1981 and the second two in 1983. The manufacturer's data sheet on these products, and reports of suspected adverse reactions reaching the Committee on Safety of Medicines, indicate that the commonest side effects are related to the skin and the gastro intestinal system.