Pleurodesis for malignant pleural effusion: talc, toxicity and where next?

Davies, Helen E.; Lee, Y. C. Gary; Davies, Robert J. O.
July 2008
Thorax;Jul2008, Vol. 63 Issue 7, p572
Academic Journal
The authors reflect on pleurodesis for malignant pleural effusion. They cite that the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Authority has recently completed an urgent review of the safety of talc as a pleurodesis agent for malignant effusion. The author suggest that the reclassification of talc for pleurodesis as a drug is a positive step and may also lead to the development of new, better pleurodesis agents.


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