New anti-obesity drug recommended in Europe

A high dose form of liraglutide has been backed by the CHMP
The European Medicines Agency has recommended granting a marketing authorisation for liraglutide (Saxenda, Novo Nordisk) for weight management in overweight or obese adults.
The medicine is recommended for use in addition to a reduced-calorie diet …

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NICE set to recommend type 2 diabetes drug empagliflozin

Pill will sit alongside an arsenal of other sugar-lowering medicines
NICE has issued further draft guidance which recommends empagliflozin, marketed by Boehringer Ingelheim, for treating type 2 diabetes.
In a preliminary appraisal last August, NICE called for the company to provide more evidence to demonstrate that empagliflozin …

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Apremilast approved in Europe for psoriasis

The new treatment can also be used for psoriatic arthritis patients
New treatment apremilast (Otezla) has been approved by the European Commission for the treatment of patients with psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis.
The drug, a selective PDE4 inhibitor, is the first oral treatment in 20 years to …

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Hepatitis C combination treatment approved in Europe

The all oral drug regimen should be launched in the UK in the coming month
A new combination hepatitis C drug therapy has been given the green light by the European Commission, adding to a glut of new treatments for the disease.
The treatment, ombitasvir/paritaprevir/ritonavir (Viekirax, AbbVie) …

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NICE yes for two new hepatitis C drugs

But NHS England has balked at the plans, saying it cannot afford to pay for sofosbuvir
NICE is now recommending that two new but costly hepatitis C pills should be funded by the NHS, but NHS England says it will not pay for sofosbuvir until later …

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Long-acting diabetes drug dulaglutide launches in UK

A new type II diabetes medicine dulaglutide (Trulicity) has been launched in the UK this week.
The drug is a GLP-1 receptor agonist and works as a once-weekly, injectable solution designed to improve glycaemic control in adults with type 2 diabetes.
The treatment was given European approval …

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Cancer Drug Fund succumbs to cuts

Sixteen medicines spanning 25 indications have been culled from the silo budget
The government’s flagship silo fund for new oncology medicines has buckled under the financial pressure of paying for expensive new cancer drugs, and has announce it will cut 16 medicines with 25 indications from …

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Restless Legs Syndrome treatment approved in EU

New combination opioid drug will soon be available to prescribe in the UK
The prolonged-release version of oxycodone/naloxone (Targin) has been cleared for approval by the European Commission this week as a second-line symptomatic treatment for patients with severe to very severe idiopathic restless legs syndrome, …

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MHRA reiterates safety warnings over isotretinoin

The UK drugs safety and efficacy watchdog the MHRA has repeated historic warnings over the severe acne drug isotretinoin.
This treatment is available as both a patented medicine (Roaccutane) and a generic but has had a history of safety concerns.
In fact in the British National Formulary …

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Four new medicines introduced in January

Includes new medicines for HIV and chronic kidney disease
Four new medicines have been accepted for use on in England this month, including new generics for hypertension and Alzheimer’s disease.
A new generic form of telmisartan 40mg /hydrochlorothiazide 12.5mg (Micardis Plus) has been approved under the brand …

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