NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde Area Drug and Therapeutics Committee
Greater Glasgow and Clyde Medicines
Medicines Update

Dabigatran: colour change

The manufacturer of dabigatran (Pradaxa®) has written to healthcare professionals to advise that the colour of the capsule is being changed in a move that is likely to improve patient safety.


Dabigatran is available in three strengths, 75mg, 110mg and 150mg. Previously the capsule shell was the same colour for all three strengths with the size and imprint text being different. The new colours are

  • 75mg capsule: coloured light blue,
  • 110mg capsule: coloured white
  • 150mg capsule: coloured two-tone white and light blue.

The size and text imprint will remain the same. The changes have also removed sunset yellow as a colouring agent.


Clinicians should be aware of this change. Patients who are concerned that their medication has changed in appearance can be reassured and advised to continue to take dabigatran as prescribed.




Published 25/04/17