Stada Blasts German Sleep Aid Reverse Switch
Stada criticizes German switch committee's recommendation to restrict access to first generation antihistamines with a sedative effect for over-65s.
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Ahead of an incoming German reverse-switch ruling, Stada publishes reslts of a study showing no evidence of increased risk of falling in connection with the use of antihistamine-based sleeping pills such as the company’s Hoggar Night brand.
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