NPS RADAR December 2007

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Rosiglitazone (Avandia) and rosiglitazone with metformin (Avandamet) for type 2 diabetes mellitus Information about use of Rosiglitazone (Avandia) and rosiglitazone with metformin (Avandamet) for type 2 diabetes mellitus
Topiramate (Topamax) for migraine prevention Review of topiramate (Topamax) for migraine prevention as second-line agent, with emphasis on non-drug therapies and safety issues.
Brief item: Quetiapine (Seroquel) PBS listed for acute mania PBS listing of quetiapine (Seroquel) was extended to include acute mania associated with bipolar disorder, with streamlined authority allowing an episode of acute mania to be treated for up to 6 months.
Brief item: Sevelamer (Renagel) 800 mg tablets PBS listed for adults with chronic kidney disease who are on dialysis Sevelamer (Renagel) was listed on the PBS for the treatment of hyperphosphataemia in adults with chronic kidney disease who are on dialysis.
Brief item: Another ultra-short-acting insulin PBS listed: insulin glulisine Insulin glulisine (Apidra) is the third ultra-short-acting insulin analogue listed on the PBS, the others being insulin lispro and insulin aspart, for treatment of type 1 and type 2 diabetes.
NPS RADAR December 2007 NPS RADAR articles provide timely, independent, evidence-based assessment of new drugs, new PBS listings and research for health professionals.