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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 after applying tattoos

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.

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.

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.

Antibiotics: amoxicillin for injection/infusion again available under the trade name Delamoxyle

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.

PRAC May 2022 – Discussion regarding a direct healthcare professional communication (DHPC) containing important information for Defitelio

During its April 2022 meeting, the Pharmacovigilance Risk Assessment Committee (PRAC) of the European Medicines Agency (EMA) discussed a direct healthcare professional communication (DHPC) containing important information for Defitelio.

Impact of war in Ukraine on clinical trials

The current war in Ukraine has had a huge impact on clinical trials in Ukraine, Russia and Belarus. Due to the war, a large number of patients in these countries participating in clinical trials are no longer able to participate. There are also problems with the supply of medicinal products and other supplies for conducting clinical trials. The relevant authorities in countries within the European Union are making every effort to ensure the continuity of treatment for patients in ongoing clinical trials by providing the option to continue their treatment at trial sites abroad.

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.

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