For several years, health authorities in European countries have noted a worrying increase in pregabalin abuse. Here are some reminders of the risks of misuse, abuse, and addiction with pregabalin.
The global MedSafetyWeek runs from 7 to 13 November 2022. During this annual social media campaign, the FAMHP is also encouraging everyone to report suspected adverse reactions to medicinal products.
The FPS Public Health and the FAMHP invite you to participate in the public consultation on a clinical trial testing the genetically modified vaccine Nous-209 for the treatment of colorectal tumors. The public consultation runs from 15 October 2022 to 14 November 2022.
Flash VIG-news : Dispensation of pholcodine-containing medicinal products suspended due to the risk of allergic cross-reactivity with neuromuscular blocking agents
Due to concerns about the risk of anaphylactic reactions, the dispensation of pholcodine-containing medicinal products is suspended from 1 October 2022.
Ozempic: recommendations for doctors (specialists) and (hospital) pharmacists due to limited availability
There is limited availability of the medicine Ozempic (semaglutide-based solution for subcutaneous injection) due to an acute increase in demand. This limited availability will certainly last until early 2023. Experts from the FAMHP's Unavailability Task Force give recommendations.
The FAMHP wants to warn consumers in Belgium not to use TKTX ointment, an illegal pain-relieving cream. It is mainly used to alleviate pain when applying a tattoo, permanent make-up ... TKTX ointment is not licensed in Belgium or Europe and therefore no guarantees can be given with regard to the composition, safety, quality or efficiency of this illegal medicine.
During the September 2022 meeting, the Pharmacovigilance Risk Assessment Committee (PRAC) of the European Medicines Agency (EMA) has started a referral of topiramate and also started a referral of pholcodine medicines.
Call for Belgian laboratories to apply to become the European Union reference laboratory for in vitro diagnostic medical devices
The European Commission has launched a call for laboratories of Member States to apply to become European Union reference laboratories (EURLs) for in vitro diagnostic (IVD) medical devices. The possible designation of such EURLs is provided for in article 100 of the Regulation (EU) 2017/746 on in vitro diagnostic medical devices (IVDR).
PRAC July 2022 – New measures for medicinal products containing nomegestrol or chlormadinone and start of assessment of neurodevelopmental disorders when using topiramate
During its July 2022 meeting, the Pharmacovigilance Risk Assessment Committee (PRAC) of the European Medicines Agency (EMA) recommends new measures to minimise the risk of meningioma with medicines containing nomegestrol or chlormadinone. The PRAC also starts the review on the risk of neurodevelopmental disorders with topiramate.
The availability of appropriate antimicrobial medicines is important to fight antimicrobial resistance. The FAMHP strives to keep or to bring essential antimicrobial products on the market and to keep healthcare professionals and patients well informed. Again, as a result of those efforts: amoxicillin for injection/infusion has been back on the market in Belgium since April.