Desiccants in blister packs: reminder of risk of ingestion

Take care to tell people receiving blister packs containing a desiccant that the desiccant should not be swallowed.

Article date: November 2014

During the past two months, we have received two reports of people swallowing the desiccant that came with their Nicorandil tablets instead of the tablet itself. Neither person suffered any adverse effects.

The foil of blister packs containing desiccant is clearly labelled to show which blister pocket contains the desiccant. The accompanying patient information leaflet also advises people not to swallow the desiccant. 

Article citation: Drug Safety Update volume 8 issue 4, November 2014: S4

Published 11 December 2014