NPS RADAR August 2006

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Alendronate with cholecalciferol (vitamin D3) (Fosamax Plus) for osteoporosis Information about use of Alendronate with cholecalciferol (vitamin D3) (Fosamax Plus) for osteoporosis
Adrenaline autoinjector (EpiPen) for acute allergic anaphylaxis Reviews change to PBS listing allowing immediate prescription of adrenaline autoinjectors after hospital treatment for acute allergic anaphylaxis, and describes management plans and patient education.
Fentanyl patches (Durogesic) for chronic pain Reviews use of fentanyl patches for chronic pain, including patient selection and education, safety profile, and general analgesia guidelines.
Lumiracoxib (Prexige) for osteoarthritis Reports urgent withdrawal of lumiracoxib by TGA because of serious liver adverse effects and includes review of lumiracoxib use for osteoarthritis.
Moxonidine (Physiotens) for hypertension Reviews use of moxonidine for hypertension, including combination drug therapy, safety profile, and dosage guidelines.
Brief item: Change of perindopril (Coversyl) salt from erbumine to arginine The PBAC has approved the change of perindopril salt from erbumine to arginine, based on bioequivalence of the two formulations. Table of therapeutically equivalent doses included.
Brief item: New vaccine for pertussis, diphtheria and tetanus (Adacel) Pertussis vaccine acellular with diphtheria and tetanus toxoids (Adacel) has been approved by the PBAC for use under the National Immunisation Program (NIP).
Brief item: Medicines listed on the PBS for Indigenous Australians Thiamine tablets and several topical antifungal preparations were listed on the PBS as authority-required benefits for Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islanders.
Brief item: New drugs added to palliative care list Lists new drugs included in the Palliative Care section of the PBS, including benzydamine hydrochloride, lactulose mixture, naproxen, and morphine sulfate formulations.
Brief item: Ferrous fumarate 310 mg with folic acid 300 microgram (Ferro-F-Tab) tablets – unrestricted listing Ferrous fumarate 310 mg with folic acid 300 mg (Ferro-F-Tab) tablets was listed on the PBS after the deletion of FGF (ferrous sulfate 250 mg with folic acid 300 micrograms).
Brief item: Pseudoephedrine on prescription Pack sizes containing pseudoephedrine 800 mg in liquid form or 720 mg in solid form are now prescription-only, a change designed to mitigate diversion of pseudoephedrine to the synthesis of methamphetamine.
Brief item: Pioglitazone (Actos) and rosiglitazone (Avandia) authority wording changed The wording of the PBS requirements for pioglitazone (Actos) and rosiglitazone (Avandia) changed on 1 August 2006.
NPS RADAR August 2006 NPS RADAR articles provide timely, independent, evidence-based assessment of new drugs, new PBS listings and research for health professionals.