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Product name Product type Date released
Expand Orfadin Oral Suspension CMI 16 Apr 2019
 
ORFADIN contains a medicine called nitisinone which is used for the treatment of a disease called hereditary tyrosinaemia type 1 (HT-1). In this disease the body is unable to completely break down the amino acid tyrosine. Harmful substances will be formed and accumulated in the body.
ORFADIN blocks the breakdown of tyrosine and by doing so the harmful substances are not formed. However, tyrosine will remain in the body and therefore a special diet (with low tyrosine and phenylalanine content) must be followed when taking ORFADIN.
Nitisinone belongs to a group of medicines called 'other alimentary and metabolism products'.
Ask your doctor if you have any questions about why this medicine has been prescribed for you.
Your doctor may have prescribed it for another reason.
ORFADIN is not addictive.
ORFADIN is available only with a doctor's prescription.
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Expand BTC Amlodipine CMI 11 Apr 2019
 
Amlodipine is used to lower high blood pressure (hypertension) or treat angina. It belongs to a group of medicines called calcium channel blockers.

How it works

Amlodipine works by widening your blood vessels, making it easier for your heart to pump blood around the body and help increase the supply of blood and oxygen to your heart.
Ask your doctor if you have any questions about why this medicine has been prescribed for you.
Your doctor may have prescribed this medicine for another reason.
This medicine is available only with a doctor's prescription.
There is not enough information to recommend using amlodipine in children.
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Expand Amlodipine APOTEX CMI 11 Apr 2019
 
Amlodipine is used to lower high blood pressure (hypertension) or treat angina. It belongs to a group of medicines called calcium channel blockers.

How it works

Amlodipine works by widening your blood vessels, making it easier for your heart to pump blood around the body and help increase the supply of blood and oxygen to your heart.
Ask your doctor if you have any questions about why this medicine has been prescribed for you.
Your doctor may have prescribed this medicine for another reason.
This medicine is available only with a doctor's prescription.
There is not enough information to recommend using amlodipine in children.
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Expand Amlodipine APOTEX PI 11 Apr 2019
 
Expand Rasagiline-Teva CMI 11 Apr 2019
 
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Expand Testavan CMI 09 Apr 2019
 
TESTAVAN is used to replace the body's natural hormone, testosterone, when not enough is made by the body.
Testosterone is a natural male hormone, known as an androgen, which controls normal sexual development and function in men.
Testosterone is essential for the development and maintenance of the male reproductive organs as well as other male characteristics, such as facial and body hair growth, deep voice, sexual drive, muscle mass and body fat distribution.
TESTAVAN is a testosterone-containing gel that is applied daily by the patient to the skin of the upper arm and shoulder. The testosterone passes from the gel through the skin and into the bloodstream at a steady rate.
The testosterone in TESTAVAN is identical to the naturally-occurring testosterone present in the body.
A doctor's prescription is required to obtain the medicine.
This medicine is not addictive. This medicine is not expected to affect your ability to drive a car or operate machinery.
Ask your doctor if you have any questions about why this medicine has been prescribed for you.
Your doctor may have prescribed it for another reason.
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Expand Dexmedetomidine-Teva CMI 03 Apr 2019
 

Intensive Care Sedation

Dexmedetomidine can be used as a sedative (calming agent) if adults need to be calm or sleepy in the Intensive Care Unit whilst they are being ventilated (on a breathing machine). It may be given as an infusion up to 24 hours.

Procedural Sedation

Dexmedetomidine can be given to adults prior to an operation if they are not on a ventilator (breathing machine) if it is required for the procedure or surgery that they be sleepy and calm.
This medicine belongs to a group of medicines called alpha-2-receptor agonists. This medicine works by its actions on brain chemicals.
Ask your doctor if you have any questions about why this medicine has been prescribed for you.
Your doctor may have prescribed it for another reason.
Dexmedetomidine is only available with a doctor's prescription.
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Expand Dexmedetomidine-Teva PI 03 Apr 2019
 
Expand APO-Clomipramine CMI 29 Mar 2019
 
The name of your medicine is APO-Clomipramine. It contains the active ingredient, clomipramine (as clomipramine hydrochloride).
It is used to treat:
depression
obsessive compulsive disorders and phobias in adults
cataplexy associated with narcolepsy (sudden muscle weakness associated with an uncontrollable desire to sleep).
Ask your doctor if you have any questions about why this medicine has been prescribed for you. Your doctor may have prescribed it for another reason.
This medicine is available only with a doctor's prescription.

How it works

Clomipramine belongs to a group of medicines called tricyclic antidepressants.
These medicines are thought to work by their action on brain chemicals called amines which are involved in controlling mood.

Use in children

There is not enough information to recommend using this medicine in children and adolescents younger than 18 years.
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Expand APO-Clomipramine PI 29 Mar 2019
 
Expand Atazanavir Mylan PI 26 Mar 2019
 
Expand Alendronate Plus D3 Apotex CMI 20 Mar 2019
 
Alendronate Plus D3 APOTEX contains both alendronate and colecalciferol (vitamin D). It is used to treat osteoporosis and to provide additional vitamin D.
Alendronate belongs to a group of medicines called bisphosphonates. Vitamin D is an essential nutrient required for calcium absorption and healthy bones.

Understanding bone

Throughout life, old bone is being broken down and rebuilt as new bone in a continuous cycle. Until our late 20s, while bones are still developing, we gain bone by building more than we lose. From then until about age 35 the process is usually in balance, so that the amount of bone lost is about equal to the amount that is replaced. After age 35 this balance is disturbed, with bone loss occurring at a slightly faster rate than it can be replaced. After menopause, hormonal changes in women cause bone loss at an even faster rate. Excessive bone loss causes bones to become thinner and weaker, and therefore more likely to break.

Osteoporosis

Osteoporosis is a disease which causes bones to become more porous, gradually making them weaker, more brittle and likely to break. Osteoporosis is common in postmenopausal women. The earlier a woman reaches the menopause, the greater the risk of osteoporosis. Osteoporosis also occurs in men but is less common than in women. Early osteoporosis usually has no symptoms. However, if left untreated it can result in broken bones or fractures. Spinal bone fractures may go unnoticed until they cause height loss. Fractures may occur during everyday activities, such as lifting, or from minor injury that would not ordinarily fracture normal bone. Fractures usually occur at the hip, spine, or wrist and can lead to pain, deformity and disability, such as stooped posture from curvature of the spine, and loss of mobility.

What should I know about vitamin D?

The main source of vitamin D is through exposure to the sun, which makes vitamin D in our skin. Clothing or sun block can prevent enough sunlight from getting through. In addition, as people age their skin becomes less able to make vitamin D. Very few foods are natural sources of vitamin D. Too little vitamin D leads to inadequate calcium absorption and low phosphate-minerals that make bones strong. Even if you are eating a diet rich in calcium or taking a calcium supplement, your body cannot absorb calcium properly unless you have enough vitamin D. Vitamin D deficiency may cause bone loss, osteoporosis and muscle weakness, which can lead to falls and a higher risk of fracture.

How it works

Alendronate works by slowing down the process of old bone being removed, which allows the bone-forming cells time to rebuild normal bone. This reverses the progression of osteoporosis by helping to prevent the loss of bone, rebuild bone and make bone less likely to fracture. Alendronate starts working on the bone cells immediately, but measurable effects on bone mass may not be seen for several months or more.
Ask your doctor if you have any questions about why this medicine has been prescribed for you.
You doctor may have prescribed it for another reason.
This medicine is not addictive.
This medicine is available only with a doctor’s prescription.
There is not enough information to recommend the use of this medicine in children.
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Expand Alendronate Plus D3 Apotex PI 20 Mar 2019
 
Expand Zavicefta PI 14 Mar 2019
 
Expand Zavicefta CMI 13 Mar 2019
 
Zavicefta is an antibiotic used to treat serious infections caused by bacteria (germs), such as:
serious infections of the tissues and organs within the abdomen
serious infections of the urinary tract including kidney infections.
infections of the lungs that are caught in hospital including pneumonia caught from the ventilator (machine that helps a patient to breathe).
Zavicefta will not work against fungal or viral infections (such as colds or the flu).
Zavicefta is a combination of two medicines, ceftazidime and avibactam.
Ceftazidime belongs to a group of antibiotics called cephalosporins. It works by killing the bacteria that is causing the infection.
Avibactam belongs to a group of medicines called beta-lactamase inhibitors. It works by inhibiting the enzymes that break down ceftazidime in the body.
Zavicefta is given by injection and is usually given in hospital.
Ask your doctor if you have any questions about why this medicine has been prescribed for you.
Your doctor may have prescribed it for another reason.
This medicine is available only with a doctor's prescription.
There is not enough information to recommend the use of this medicine for children under the age of 18 years.
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Expand APO-Eplerenone CMI 12 Mar 2019
 
APO-Eplerenone tablets are used to:
treat heart failure in patients who have experienced a heart attack.
reduce the risk of death or need for hospitalisations due to heart failure in patients with chronic heart failure.
A heart attack occurs when one of the major blood vessels supplying blood to your heart becomes blocked. This means that your heart cannot receive the oxygen it needs and becomes damaged. This may lead to further problems, such as heart failure, irregular heart rhythms and blood clots.
Heart failure means that the heart muscle is weak and cannot pump blood strongly enough to supply all the blood needed throughout the body. Heart failure is not the same as heart attack, and may start off with mild or no symptoms, but as the condition progresses, patients may feel short of breath or may get tired easily after light physical activity such as walking. Some patients may wake up short of breath at night or have to prop their heads up during sleep to avoid this problem. Fluid may collect in different parts of the body, often first noticed as swollen ankles and feet.

How it works

Eplerenone belongs to a group of medicines called 'selective aldosterone blockers' that stop the action of aldosterone, a substance made by your body.
Aldosterone is important for regulating blood pressure and is one of the factors involved in heart function. Sometimes aldosterone can cause changes in our body that lead to heart failure. Eplerenone works by blocking the action of aldosterone and slowing the progression of heart failure by reducing heart damage.
Ask your doctor if you have any questions about why this medicine has been prescribed for you.
Your doctor may have prescribed it for another reason.
This medicine is available only with a doctor's prescription.
This medicine is not addictive.
There is not enough information to recommend the use of this medicine in children.
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Expand APO-Eplerenone PI 12 Mar 2019
 
Expand Symdeko PI 11 Mar 2019