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Deadlines for the submission of dossiers during end-of-year period

During the end-of-year period, the FAMHP will be closed from Monday 26 December 2022 through Friday 30 December 2022. Deadlines have been set for the submission of different types of dossiers.

PRAC November 2022 – Measures for Janus kinase inhibitors, modified product information of mRNA COVID-19 vaccines Comirnaty and Spikevax, and addition of warning to the product information for ustekinumab (Stelara)

During its November 2022 meeting, the Pharmacovigilance Risk Assessment Committee of the European Medicines Agency recommended measures to minimise risk of serious side effects with Janus kinase inhibitors for chronic inflammatory disorders. Furthermore, the PRAC recommended to add heavy menstrual bleeding to the product information as a side effect of the mRNA COVID-19 vaccines Comirnaty and Spikevax, and to add a warning to the product information for ustekinumab (Stelara).

MedSafetyWeek 2022: annual campaign to promote adverse reactions reporting

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.

Give your opinion on a genetically modified vaccine for the treatment of colorectal tumors

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.

PRAC October 2022 – New measures for terlipressin-containing medicines and change to product information for combination of medicines with codeine and ibuprofen

During its October 2022 meeting, the Pharmacovigilance Risk Assessment Committee (PRAC) of the European Medicines Agency (EMA) has recommended new measures for terlipressin-containing medicines and has also recommended a change to the product information for codeine with ibuprofen combination medicines. The PRAC also discussed direct healthcare professional communications (DHPCs) containing important safety information for terlipressin-containing medicines and Imbruvica.

Amended legislation: drug precursors added to list of scheduled substances

The European Commission's new Delegated Regulation (EU) 2022/1518 adds two drug precursors to the list of scheduled substances. The regulation entered into force on 3 October 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.

Warning against the use of illegal TKTX ointment for tattoos

The FAMHP wants to warn consumers in Belgium about the use of TKTX ointment, an illegal pain-relieving cream and other illegal pain-relieving ointments containing lidocaine, prilocaine, epinephrine or a combination. These ointments are mainly used to relieve 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.

PRAC September 2022 –Reviews of topiramate and pholcodine medicines started

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.

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