NPS RADAR February 2004

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Deferiprone (Ferriprox) for thalassaemia major Reviews use of deferiprone for thalassaemia major in patients unable to take desferrioxamine and notes Section 100 Private hospital authority requirement.
Escitalopram (Lexapro) for major depressive disorder Reviews use of escitalopram for major depressive disorder, including comparison with citalopram and isomer drug design.
Medicines used in palliative care Describes Palliative Care Section of the Schedule of Pharmaceutical Benefits and lists medicines included in this section.
Triptans for migraine PBAC has increased maximum quantity of naratriptan, sumatriptan, and zolmitriptan to 4 tablets with 5 repeats for patients with more than one migraine each month.
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