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PRAC April 2022 – No causal association found between the COVID-19 vaccines Comirnaty and Spikevax and autoimmune hepatitis

During its April 2022 meeting, the Pharmacovigilance Risk Assessment Committee (PRAC) of the European Medicines Agency (EMA) concluded that available evidence does not support a causal link between COVID-19 vaccines Comirnaty and Spikevax and very rare cases of autoimmune hepatitis.

Genotoxic medicines and contraception: recommendations for all genotoxic active substances, regardless of therapeutic indication

The European Medicines Agency's Safety Working Party clarifies its recommendations on genotoxic medicines and the duration of contraception to apply to any genotoxic active substance, regardless of its therapeutic indication. However, the recommendations should not apply to active substances whose mechanism of genotoxicity is known to have a threshold which is not expected to be reached in patients. Marketing authorisation holders should take these new clarifications into account when considering the need to update their package leaflets.

Iodine tablets : recommendations for citizens and pharmacists

Over the past few weeks, more than three hundred thousand citizens have obtained iodine tablets from their pharmacies as a result of the conflict in Ukraine. The FAMHP has listed a few recommendations.

PRAC January 2022 – Review of terlipressin medicines started, update of COVID-19 vaccins and new safety information for Mavenclad

During its January 2022 meeting, the Pharmacovigilance Risk Assessment Committee (PRAC) of the European Medicines Agency (EMA) has started a referral of terlipressin medicines. The PRAC also has recommended a change to the product information for Vaxzevria and COVID-19 Vaccine Janssen. The PRAC discussed direct healthcare professional communication (DHPC) containing important safety information for Mavenclad.

Give your opinion on a genetically modified medicine for the treatment of Duchenne muscular dystrophy

The FPS Public Health and the FAMHP invite you to participate in the public consultation on a clinical trial of the genetically modified medicine SRP-9001 for the treatment of Duchenne muscular dystrophy. The public consultation runs from 17 January 2022 to 16 February 2022.

Limited availability of RoActemra (Roche): new situation update

The availability of RoActemra (tocilizumab), a drug used for certain rheumatological and hematological disorders, can still not be fully guaranteed. Currently, there is a stock for both the intravenous and subcutaneous form of administration, taking into account the previously approved indications, i.e. exclusive use in COVID-19 patients. Based on the information currently available to the FAMHP, Roche will also not be able to confirm deliveries long in advance in the coming months.

Limited availability of subcutaneous immunoglobulins

Due to a decrease in the availability of subcutaneous immunoglobulins around the world, there is also a critical level of limited availability in Belgium. The FAMHP issues several recommendations for hospital and retail pharmacists, medical doctors (specialists), and patients.

PRAC December 2021 – Assessment of recent data on the known risk of myocarditis and pericarditis following vaccination with COVID-19 vaccines Comirnaty and Spikevax

During the December 2021 meeting, the Pharmacovigilance Risk Assessment Committee (PRAC) of the European Medicines Agency (EMA) has assessed recent data on the known risk of myocarditis and pericarditis following vaccination with COVID-19 vaccines Comirnaty and Spikevax.

Give your opinion on genetically modified vaccines to treat hepatitis B

The FPS Public Health and FAMHP would like to invite you to take part in the public consultation on a clinical trial testing the genetically modified vaccines ChAd155-hIi-HBV and MVA-HBV for the treatment of infections with the hepatitis B virus (HBV). The public consultation will run from 27 November 2021 to 27 December 2021.

PRAC November 2021: updates on COVID-19 vaccines and conclusion of safety signal for Imbruvica

During its November 2021 meeting, the Pharmacovigilance Risk Assessment Committee (PRAC) of the European Medicines Agency (EMA) has made un update on COVID-19 vaccines and concluded a safety signal for Imbruvica.

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