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February 14, 2016

Topics for Supplements, Clinical Specials and Fact Files 2016

Note: The schedule is subject to change.        

Interchangeable Medicines and Reference Pricing

The Health (Pricing and Supply of Medical Goods) Act 2013 has introduced a system of generic substitution and reference pricing. Under this legislation, interchangeable medicines are defined as those medicines that contain the same active ingredient in the same strength, are in the same pharmaceutical form, and have the same route of administration. Reference pricing […]

Asthma Phenotypes, Endotypes and Therapeutic Targets

Download PDF One way to classify asthma involves identifying the phenotypes of asthma – that is the clusters of properties observed in different types of asthma. Although phenotypes are usually clinically relevant, in terms of presentation, triggers, and treatment response, they do not necessarily relate to or give any insight into the underlying disease processes.1 […]

HPRA commences publication of educational materials and tools for medicines

In December 2015, the HPRA commenced publication of approved educational materials and tools for medicines on its website (www.hpra.ie).   Educational materials are additional risk minimisation measures that are intended to promote the safe and effective use of the medicinal product. While the approved product information (the Summary of Product Characteristics (SmPC), Package Leaflet (PL) […]

Amlodipine Clonmel

Company: Clonmel Healthcare Ltd. Legal category: Prescription. GMS reimbursable. Sport permitted. Active ingredient: Amlodipine (as besilate) 5mg, 10mg. Description: White, round tablets. 10mg: Break score on one side. Presentation: 5mg-28, €2.00; 10mg-28, €3.00. Indications: Hypertension, chronic stable angina pectoris, vasospastic (Prinzmetal’s) angina. Pharmacology: Amlodipine is a calcium ion influx inhibitor of the dihydropyridine group (slow […]

Armolipid Plus

Company: Meda Health Sales Ireland Ltd. Legal category: OTC. Composition: Berberis aristata dry extract 588mg (equivalent to berberine chloride 500mg), red yeast rice 200mg (equivalent to monacolin K 3mg), policosanol 10mg, folic acid 0.2mg, coenzyme Q10 2mg, astaxanthin 0.5mg. Gluten-free. Description: Food supplement. Presentation: 30 tablets, €13.23. Indication: Lowers Total Cholesterol, LDL-Cholesterol and Triglycerides in […]

Cosentyx ▼

Company: Novartis Ireland Ltd. Legal category: Prescription. High tech reimbursable. Sport permitted. Active ingredient: Secukinumab 150mg/ml. Description: Solution for injection in pre-filled SensoReady pens. Presentation: 2, price on request. Indications: Treatment of moderate to severe plaque psoriasis in candidates for systemic therapy. Alone or in combination with methotrexate, for treatment of active psoriatic arthritis when […]


Company: Thea Pharmaceuticals Ltd. Legal category: Prescription. GMS. Sport permitted. Active ingredient: Dexamethasone (as sodium phosphate) 1mg/ml. Description: Preservative-free sterile eye drops in single-dose container. Presentation: 0.4ml-30, €7.20. Indications: Treatment of non-infectious inflammatory conditions affecting anterior segment of eye. Pharmacology: Dexamethasone sodium phosphate is a hydrosoluble inorganic ester of dexamethasone. It is a synthetic corticosteroid […]


Company: Boehringer Ingelheim Ltd. Legal category: OTC. Description: Comfort shaped single use rectal applicator. Presentation: 3, €4.09. Indications: For use with Dulcolax suppositories. Can also be used with other suitable suppositories. Under 12 years, not recommended. Full information and references available from Boehringer Ingelheim Ltd. Telephone: (01) 295 9620. E-mail: medinfo.bra@boehringer-ingelheim.com

Duloxetine Clonmel

Company: Clonmel Healthcare Ltd. Legal category: Prescription. GMS reimbursable. Sport permitted. Active ingredient: Duloxetine (as hydrochloride) 30mg, 60mg. Description: Hard gastro-resistant capsules with white or green body and dark blue cap, respectively. Presentation: 30mg-28, €8.20; 60mg-28, €13.56. Indications: Treatment of major depressive disorder (MDD), generalised anxiety disorder (GAD), diabetic peripheral neuropathic pain. Pharmacology: Duloxetine is […]

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