The medicinal product Visudyne 15 mg, used in ophthalmology, has been unavailable in Belgium since 30 May 2020. The FAMHP is therefore making recommendations.
Unavailability of Visudyne 15 mg (powder for solution for infusion) : recommendations for (hospital) pharmacists and physicians-specialists
The medicinal product Bleomycine Sanofi 15,000 IU, used in the treatment of certain cancers (testis, throat, mouth, Hodgkin's disease and non-Hodgkin's lymphoma), is currently in limited availability. While waiting for a sufficient quantity of the medicinal product to return to the market, the FAMHP experts recall the recommendations for the rational use of stocks of Bleomycine Sanofi 15,000 IU that may still be available.
The FAMHP has once again renewed a number of measures in a new decision by the Chief Executive Officer of the FAMHP. This decision has once again been taken to avoid medicine shortages in the context of the coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19).
The European Commission is holding negotiations on behalf of the Member States for procurement procedures for COVID-19 vaccines and is presenting contracts to the Member States. In Belgium, the Advisory Committee responsible for the analysis of the procurement files issued a positive recommendation for Janssen's (Johnson & Johnson) vaccine candidate. The Interministerial Conference (IMC) for Public Health has followed the advice. Belgium will buy the vaccine if a marketing authorisation is granted.
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 drug PF-06939926 for the treatment of Duchenne muscular dystrophy. The public consultation will run from 23 September 2020 to 23 October 2020.
Coronavirus: further extension of the measures taken by the FAMHP to avoid medicinal product shortages
On 1 April 2020, the FAMHP took steps regarding a range of medicinal products in order to avoid any shortage. These measures have now been extended by one month.
COVID-19 makes it important to be able to vaccinate at-risk groups to the maximum extent possible in order to avoid overburdening the healthcare sector. Therefore, influenza vaccination for 2020-2021 will be phased in, giving priority to those at risk.
Recent articles in the media have once again questioned the reliability of the serological tests bought by the government, in particular the DiaSorin test. The FAMHP is clear: on the basis of current scientific knowledge, this test meets all requirements and can be used without any problems.
Coronavirus – Evaluation of the use of saliva samples as an alternative to sampling via a deep nasal swab to detect SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19
Because of the benefits to both patients and healthcare professionals, a study on the use of saliva samples as an alternative to sampling via a deep nasal swab (nasopharyngeal) to detect SARS-CoV-2 using molecular detection tests (PCR) was launched on 28 May 2020.
Coronavirus and the fight led by the FAMHP: the FAMHP facilitates and supports the development of COVID-19 treatments and vaccines
Since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, the FAMHP teams have devoted a lot of resources to monitoring and supporting clinical research on COVID-19. Here is an overview of the measures implemented by the FAMHP.