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US FDA warns 'ultra-rapid metabolizers' at risk after codeine deaths

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The US FDA on 15 August warned that some patients have genetic variations that can cause codeine to be converted to toxic levels, putting them at a higher risk for inadvertent overdose or death – an alert that was triggered after three children died of respiratory depression after being given the medicine following surgery to remove their tonsils or adenoids.

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