France suspends use of a vitamin D supplement after baby dies

PARIS — Health authorities in France on Wednesday ordered to suspend the use of vitamin D supplement after a new-born died after receiving the medication.

ANSM agency, which control medicines safety, said “investigations’ available conclusions reveal a probable link between the death and administration of Uvesterol D.”

“As a precautionary measure,” it decided “to suspend the marketing of Uvesterol D in the coming days.”

The ANSM added only Uvesterol D extracted through pipette “is concerned” by procedure of ban use.

A 10-day-old baby died at home from cardio-respiratory arrest after receiving a dose of Uvesterol D supplement prescribed for vitamin D deficiency among young children, the agency said in a statement.

In a separate press release, Health Minister Marisol Touraine called on parents, “as a precautionary measure, to no longer administer Uvesterol D to their children,” until the definitive ANSM decision.

“I want to reassure parents who have given vitamin D, in whatever form, to their children: they are safe. It is the specific way the product is administered that presents risks rather than the vitamin itself,” she added. PNA/Xinhua-northboundasia.com