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Despite the annual awareness campaigns conducted by the Federal Public Service Health, Food Chain Safety and Environment, the consumption of sleeping pills and sedatives at Belgian level remains a cause for concern. In order to collect concrete information on the use of some of these drugs in Belgium, the FAMHP will conduct a national online survey in February 2020.

Clamoxyl I.V.-I.M. is available again. The recommendations formulated by the FAMHP and the NIHDI for rational use by hospital pharmacists and physicians-specialists no longer apply.  The marketing of Clamoxyl I.V.-I.M. and of Augmentin I.V. will eventually be definitively discontinued.

The FAMHP has created an online form for healthcare professionals to notify any adverse effects of medicinal products for human use. This new format incorporates the patient notification form for that has been online since March 2019. From now on, anybody can notify adverse effects of medicinal products using simplified online forms available at a single address: www.notifieruneffetindesirable.be or www.eenbijwerkingmelden.be.

L’Amérique du Nord connait depuis plusieurs années une « épidémie » d’abus, de surdosages et de décès liés aux opioïdes. Dans une moindre mesure, ces dernières années l’utilisation d’opioïdes en Europe a fortement augmenté, entre autres pour faire face au syndrome de la douleur chronique. Bien que s’inscrivant dans le cadre de l’amélioration de la prise en charge de la douleur, l’utilisation accrue d’opioïdes est remise en question au vu des risques associés à leur abus. L’accent est donc mis sur la prévention de la dépendance et des abus, et sur l’importance de l’usage rationnel des opioïdes.

The European Medicines Agency (EMA) is performing further research after a recombinant strain containing two living attenuated Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome Virus (PRRSV) vaccines was identified in Denmark. The recombinant strain was associated with clinical symptoms of PRRS, such as reduced fertility in sows, increase in the number of rejections, increased in piglet mortality, reduced appetite and respiratory conditions in young pigs.

Last updated on 29/06/2017