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Symposium on vaccines on 10 and 12 May 2022: the importance of lifelong immunisation, lessons from the COVID-19 pandemic, and future prospects

The FAMHP and are organising two half-day symposia on vaccines on 10 and 12 May 2022. The first day will focus on the FAMHP and the VACCINES spearhead. This will cover topics such as clinical trials, regulatory activities, pharmacovigilance, and inspections. The second day will focus on effective vaccination, before closely examining the way vaccination campaigns are organised and implemented, vaccine hesitancy, and data collection. You can register now.

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.

Extension of the EU pilot project on simultaneous national scientific advice

The Head of Medicines Agencies has approved the extension of the European pilot project for simultaneous national scientific advice at its 107th meeting in February 2022. The approval followed a positive evaluation of the first results of the project since its launch in February 2020.

Accelerated scientific-technical advice on medicines against COVID-19

Since the start of the COVID-19 health crisis, the FAMHP has given the highest priority to requests for national scientific-technical advice (STA) on medicines against COVID-19. The National Innovation Office and Scientific-Technical Advice Unit uses accelerated timelines for requests regarding medicines that prevent or cure COVID-19 infections. These timelines are crucial to support accelerated clinical research on new medicines against COVID-19.

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.

Call for an important projects of common European interest in the health sector

The FPS Economy published a call for interest from the Belgian federal and regional authorities for important projects of common European interest. The call is intended for economic operators who wish to take part in innovative projects at European level through various partnerships. The first documents should be sent by 30 March 2022 at the latest.

Iodine tablets : recommendations for citizens and pharmacists

Over the past few weeks, more than three hundred thousand citizens have obtained iodine tablets from their pharmacies as a result of the conflict in Ukraine. The FAMHP has listed a few recommendations.

PRAC March 2022 – Update on COVID-19 vaccines and new safety information for dexmedetomidine

During its March 2022 meeting, the Pharmacovigilance Risk Assessment Committee of the European Medicines Agency has recommended a change to the product information for the COVID-19 vaccines of Janssen and Moderna. The Committee also discussed a direct healthcare professional communication containing important safety information for dexmedetomidine.

Distribution of pharmacies : new royal decree and pharmacists can now check the coordinates of their pharmacies

The publication of a new royal decree provides more objective and transparent rules, simpler and more efficient procedures, new possibilities such as the merger and relocation of pharmacies and a limitation of the duration of temporary closures. The new royal decree also establishes the geographical coordinates of pharmacies. Pharmacists can now check this and, if necessary, request a correction by 09.05.2022 at the latest.

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