Liquid Temazepam on the way

The UK arm of Pharmacia, the Scandinavian drugs group, said it had been developing an oral liquid version of Temazepam in anticipation of yesterday's UK ban on the drug in capsule form. Health minister Stephen Dorrell said he would ban Temazepam from 1 January because it had been misused.

The drug was developed by American Home Products Corporation and is manufactured in the UK by AHP's Wyeth Pharmaceuticals divison. The news came as Upjohn announced its shareholders had overwhelmingly approved the merger with Pharmacia.