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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.

PRAC July 2021 – Update on ongoing evaluation of COVID-19 vaccines, EMA advises on COVID-19 Vaccine Janssen and no evidence linking gene therapy Zynteglo to blood cancer

During its July 2021 meeting, the Pharmacovigilance Risk Assessment Committee (PRAC) of the European Medicines Agency (EMA) has concluded a safety signal of myocarditis (inflammation of the heart muscle) and pericarditis (inflammation of the membrane around the heart) with COVID-19 vaccines Comirnaty and Spikevax and has recommended that people who have previously had capillary leak syndrome must not be vaccinated with COVID-19 vaccine Janssen.

Call for all sponsors to publish clinical trial results

The FAMHP reminds all sponsors they are obligated to publish the results of their clinical trials in the European Clinical Trials Database (EudraCT) within one year after the end of trial date (or six months for a paediatric trial). Publication on external sources or the transmission of reports to national competent authorities is not sufficient. The guideline applies retrospectively.

The use of contraception after treatment with genotoxic medicines: add recommendations to patient information leaflets

The FAMHP reminds marketing authorisation holders of the obligation to add recommendations on the use of contraception to the package leaflet of genotoxic medicines.

The FAMHP organises two information sessions on the new Clinical Trial Regulation (CTR)

FAMHP organises two information sessions, in collaboration with its stakeholders, for sponsors and applicants on 23 September 2021 and on 25 November 2021 on the new Clinical Trial Regulation (CTR).

Limited availability of Bleomycine Sanofi 15,000 IU

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.

Coronavirus: details of the renewed measures taken by the FAMHP to avoid medicine shortages

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).

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.

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