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PRAC October 2021 – Nomegestrol containing products and chlormadinone containing products and update on COVID-19 vaccines

During its October 2021 meeting, the Pharmacovigilance Risk Assessment Committee (PRAC) of the European Medicines Agency (EMA) has started a review of meningioma risk with nomegestrol- and chlormadinone-containing medicines. The PRAC also has reviewed data on venous thromboembolism and immune thrombocytopenia with COVID-19 vaccines.

Nicotine pouches are no longer considered to be a medicinal product

In its new advice the Joint Commission states that nicotine pouches are no longer considered to be a medicinal product. When used normally, the usual doses (around 10 mg) do not pose a risk of poisoning. However, there are some recommendations for manufacturers. These concern the nicotine yield and the maximum daily dose, the use by children and therapeutic claims.

Coronavirus: new version of Belgian directive for management of clinical trials during coronavirus pandemic

A new version of the national directive is available to supplement the European guidelines (v3) for the management of clinical trials during the coronavirus pandemic.

PRAC August 2021 – Recommendation and review of safety issues related to COVID-19 vaccines

During its August 2021 meeting, the Pharmacovigilance Risk Assessment Committee (PRAC) of the European Medicines Agency (EMA) recommended updating the product information of COVID-19 Vaccine Janssen. Furthermore, the PRAC continues to closely review reports of Guillain-Barré syndrome with Vaxzevria and discussed other safety issues occurring after vaccination against COVID-19.

Updated guidance for submission of clinical trial applications, substantial amendment notifications and end of trial declarations to the FAMHP

A new version of the guidance for submission of clinical trial applications, substantial amendment notifications and end of trial declarations to the FAMHP is available.

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.

Give your opinion on a genetically modified medicine to treat dementia

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 medicine PR006A to treat frontotemporal dementia with progranulin mutations (FTD-GRN). The public consultation will run from 28 July 2021 to 27 August 2021.

Unavailability of Visudyne 15 mg (powder for solution for infusion) : recommendations for (hospital) pharmacists and physicians-specialists

The medicinal product Visudyne 15 mg, used in ophthalmology, has been unavailable in Belgium since 30 May 2020. The FAMHP is therefore making recommendations.

Discontinuation of the telephone contact point of the Marketing Authorisation Division (variations and renewals)

The telephone contact point of the Marketing Authorisation Division (variations and renewals) will be discontinued as of Friday 16 July 2021. The division can still be contacted by email.

First information session on the new Clinical Trial Regulation (CTR) on 23 September 2021

The FAMHP is organising two information sessions on 23 September 2021 and 25 November 2021 for sponsors and applicants of clinical trials about the new Clinical Trial Regulation (CTR). The first information session will take place virtually on 23 September 2021 from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

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