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Limited availability of RoActemra (Roche): recommendations for (hospital) pharmacists, general practitioners and physician specialists.

The stock of RoActemra, a medicinal product used for certain rheumatological and haematological disorders, is currently limited worldwide. The Federal Agency for Medicines and Health Products (FAMHP) therefore issues recommendations.

PRAC June 2021 – EMA advises on Vaxzevria (COVID-19 Vaccine AstraZeneca) and update on ongoing evaluation of COVID-19 vaccines

During its June 2021 meeting, the Pharmacovigilance Risk Assessment Committee (PRAC) of the European Medicines Agency (EMA) advises against use of Vaxzevria in people with history of capillary leak syndrome. The PRAC is also continuing its assessment of reports of myocarditis (inflammation of the heart muscle) and pericarditis (inflammation of the membrane around the heart) in a small number of people following vaccination with COVID-19 vaccines.

Nitrosamines in medicinal products: deadlines for submitting risk assessments, the results of confirmatory tests and the MA adaptation

Early October 2019, the European Medicines Agency (EMA), together with the European medicines authorities, including the FAMHP, asked all marketing authorisation holders to perform a risk assessment on the presence of nitrosamines as a precaution. The result of this risk assessments must be reported via the particular web form, before 31 March 2021 for chemical medicinal products and before 1 July 2021 for biological medicinal products. MA (marketing authorisation) variations must be submitted before 26 September 2022 (chemical medicinal products) and before 1 July 2023 (biological medicinal products).

Nitrosamines in medicinal products: templates and web forms for submitting the results of confirmatory tests

Early October 2019, the European Medicines Agency (EMA), together with the European medicines authorities, including the FAMHP, asked all marketing authorisation holders to perform a risk assessment on the presence of nitrosamines as a precaution. The result of this risk assessments (step 1) must be reported via the particular web form before 1 October 2020. Another particular web form is available for submitting the results of the confirmatory tests (step 2).

Suspension of medicinal products containing ranitidine in the European Union

The European Medicines Agency (EMA)’s Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) has recommended that the sale of all ranitidine-based medicinal products be suspended in the European Union. This is due to the presence of low levels of an impurity called N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA).

Coronavirus: the FAMHP seizes postal packages containing counterfeit and other illegal medicinal products against COVID-19

Criminal organisations are using the coronavirus pandemic to sell counterfeit medicinal products and other illegal medicinal products. The FAMHP asks patients to be prudent and be careful of internet deals.

Nitrosamines in medicinal products: report results of risk assessments for impurities

Early October 2019, the European Medicines Agency (EMA), together with the European medicines authorities, including the FAMHP, asked marketing authorisation holders to perform a risk assessment on the presence of nitrosamines as a precaution. The results of these risk assessments can now be reported.

Reporting quality defects in medicinal products via the FAMHP website

Quality defects in medicinal products can impact patients’ health or make it difficult for healthcare professionals to administer them. Quality defects can be reported via the FAMHP website.

Diabetes medicines with metformin: traces or nitrosamine contamination detected

The European Medicines Agency (EMA) and the competent medicine authorities of the European member states, including the FAMHP, have been notified that in a small number of diabetes medicines based on metformin outside of the European Union, a nitrosamine contamination (NDMA, N-nitrosodimethylamine) has been detected. Currently, analyses are being performed on the medicines within the European Union.

Simplified composition of preparations for treating coughs and colds from 1 January 2020

As of 1 January 2020, medicines with only one active ingredient can be sold for treating coughs and colds.

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