New drugs approved for use in Scottish NHS

The Scottish Medicines Consortium (SMC) has accepted the following new drugs for use within NHS Scotland:

  • Rotigotine (Neupro) for the symptomatic treatment of moderate to severe idiopathic restless legs syndrome in adults.
  • Etravirine (Intelence) for use in combination with a boosted protease inhibitor and other antiretroviral agents, to treat HIV-1 infection in antiretroviral-experienced adults.
  • Histrelin (Vantas) subcutaneous implant for restricted use in the palliative treatment of advanced prostate cancer.
  • Calcipotriol and betamethasone dipropionate scalp gel (Xamiol) for the topical treatment of scalp psoriasis.
  • Peginterferon alfa-2a (Pegasys) for use in combination with ribavirin to treat chronic hepatitis C in adults.

The SMC rejected degarelix (Firmagon) for the treatment of men with advanced hormone-dependent prostate cancer.

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