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September 3, 2015


Company: Consilient Health Ltd. Legal category: Prescription. Sport permitted. Active ingredients: Ethinylestradiol/drospirenone 0.02/3mg. Description: White, round, biconvex film-coated tablet marked G73. Presentation: 3×21, €13.00 (PTW). Indication: Oral contraception. Pharmacology: Ethinylestradiol/drospirenone inhibits ovulation and changes the endometrium. Drospirenone also possesses antiandrogenic and mild antimineralocorticoid properties. Dosage: Adult: One daily at about same time for 21 days […]

Moventig ▼

Company: AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals (Ireland) Ltd. Legal category: Prescription. GMS. Sport permitted. Active ingredient: Naloxegol (oxalate) 12.5mg, 25mg. Description: Oval, mauve film-coated tablets marked nGL on one side and strength on reverse. Presentation: 30, €65.70. Indication: Treatment of opioid-induced constipation where laxatives inadequate. Pharmacology: Naloxegol is a PEGylated derivative of the muopioid receptor antagonist naloxone. It […]


Company: Rowex Ltd. Legal category: Pharmacy only. Sport permitted. Active ingredients: Paracetamol/phenylephrine hydrochloride 500/12.2mg, 1000/12.2mg (max strength). Description: Powder for oral solution with lemon odour. Presentation: 500/12.2mg, €3.60; 1000/12.2mg (max strength), €6.50. Indication: Short term symptomatic treatment of colds and influenza when associated with nasal congestion. Pharmacology: Paracetamol has both analgesic and antipyretic activity, mediated […]

Vokanamet ▼

Company: Janssen-Cilag Ltd. Legal category: Prescription. GMS. Sport permitted. Active ingredients: Canagliflozin/metformin hydrochloride 50/850mg, 150/850 mg, 50/1000mg, 150/1000mg. Description: Pink, yellow, beige or purple, capsule-shaped, immediate-release, film-coated tablets marked CM on one side and 358, 418, 551 or 611 on reverse, respectively. Presentation: 50/850mg-60, €41.70; 50/1000mg-60, €41.70; 150/850mg-60, €57.60; 150/1000mg-60, €57.60. Indications: Treatment of type 2 […]

Humira – New Indication for Hidradenitis Suppurativa

AbbVie Ltd. wishes to announce that Humira (adalimumab) injection has received approval for the treatment of active moderate to severe hidradenitis suppurativa (HS), also known as acne inversa, in adults with an inadequate response to conventional systemic HS therapy. Humira is a tumour necrosis factor (TNF) antagonist, binding specifically to TNF and blocking its interaction […]

Codeine: Restricted use in children and adolescents for cough and cold

The use of codeine* to treat coughs and colds in children and adolescents under 18 has been restricted after an EU review by the EMA’s Pharmacovigilance Risk Assessment Committee (PRAC). This followed the 2013 PRAC review of codeine use as an analgesic in children. The 2013 review was triggered by reports in children who received […]

Diagnosis and Treatment of Migraine

Download PDF Introduction Migraine is the most common neurological condition in the world, affecting about 12-15% of people. This means that approximately 500,000 people suffer from migraine in Ireland.1 It starts in childhood and adolescence and is most prevalent in young adults and middle-aged people.2 Three times more women than men suffer mainly due to […]

Diagnosis and Treatment of Late-Onset Hypogonadism in Men

Download PDF Introduction An increasingly common problem encountered by clinicians is late-onset hypogonadism (LOH) in men, also referred to as age-associated testosterone deficiency syndrome (TDS). This is a clinical and biochemical syndrome associated with advancing age; it is characterised by a deficiency in serum testosterone levels.1,2 Testosterone is essential to man’s health and well-being. It […]

Systemic fusidic acid and interaction with statins – Reminder of risk of rhabdomyolysis

HMG-CoA reductase inhibitors, collectively known as ’statins’, are a class of medicines authorised in Ireland as an adjunct to diet for the treatment of hypercholesterolaemia, when the response to diet and other non-pharmacological treatments (e.g. exercise, weight reduction) is inadequate. They are also authorised as an adjunct to treatment in the secondary prevention of major […]

Bexsero ▼

Company: Novartis Vaccines, now a business of GlaxoSmithKline UK Limited. Legal category: Prescription. Sport permitted. Active ingredients: Recombinant Neisseria meningitidis group B proteins (NHBA, fHbp, NadA; 50mcg of each)/ outer membrane vesicles containing PorA P1.4 from strain NZ98/254 25mcg per 0.5ml dose. Description: Suspension for injection in pre-filled syringe. Presentation: 1, price available on request […]

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