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FDA Corrects Risky Foods Brochure

November 21, 1998

WASHINGTON (AP) _ A new consumer campaign warning people not to mix certain foods with certain medicines contains an error: It erroneously told people taking the antihistamines Claritin and Allegra to avoid grapefruit juice.

The Food and Drug Administration and the National Consumers League said Friday they are correcting consumer brochures that contained the error. In fact, Claritin and Allegra are safe to consume with grapefruit juice, said the FDA’s Dr. John Jenkins.

However, the competing antihistamine Hismanal should not be taken with grapefruit juice, Jenkins said.

The consumer group is correcting the brochure before mailing out free copies to consumers who have requested it.

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