Stilnox scare affected insomnia management: experts

Australian healthcare professionals altered their treatment and management of insomnia following the extensive media coverage of potentially harmful effects from treatment with zolpidem (Stilnox), researchers have shown.

A research team - including academics from the University of Sydney’s Faculty of Pharmacy - conducted in depth interviews with eight GPs and 14 community pharmacists to determine what effects, if any, the media coverage of 2007-08 had on their treatment of insomnia.

Zolpidem prescriptions halved following extensive publicity given to reports of bizarre behaviour by users of the drug,