The Royal Decree of 9 January 2018 on biobanks, published in the Belgian Official Gazette on 05.02.2018 in implementation of Article 22 of the Law of 19 December 2008 regarding the procurement and use of human substances destined for human medical applications or for scientific research purposes, enters into force on 01.11.2018.

The main aim of this new financing law is to ensure that the costs associated with FAMHP services are paid by the right clients and at the correct price. The information sessions are intended for external partners who manage payments to the FAMHP or pay taxes to the FAMHP.

Following an alert from the United Kingdom's National Health Service (NHS), the European Medicines Agency Pharmacovigilance Risk Assessment Committee (PRAC) analysed reports of incidents linked to the extraction of insulin from prefilled pens and cartridges for reusable pens with the aid of a syringe. This practice can increase the risk of medication error and lead to dysglycaemia. However, until today, only the package leaflets of certain insulins mentioned the possibility of such extraction.

The FAMHP (pharmaco-, materio-, haemo-, bio-) Vigilance Division has recently been informed by pharmacists of medication errors due to confusion between Depakine 300 mg/5 ml syrup and Depakine 300 mg/ml drinkable solution. The FAMHP wishes to draw the attention of health professionals and patients to this risk of confusion.

As part of the search for structural solutions to the unavailability of medicinal products, a test phase began in January 2018 concerning an action plan for alternative medicinal products or alternative treatments in the event of temporary unavailability.

The provisions permitting wholesalers to import medicinal products from countries situated outside the European Economic Area are hereby clarified.

During its meeting of January 2018, the Pharmacovigilance Risk Assessment Committee (PRAC) of the European Medicines Agency (EMA) concluded the new reassessment of drip solutions containing hydroxyethyl starch (HES) that began in October 2017. The PRAC recommends suspending their marketing authorisations (MA).

Last updated on 29/06/2017