News in brief - November 2013

Other new launches, licence changes and updates relevant to general practice.

Estriol is still available as a cream for the treatment of atrophic vaginitis (pictured) | SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY
  • Ortho-Gynest (estriol) pessaries have been discontinued.
  • Use of clopidogrel has been associated with a small number of cases of acquired haemophilia; however, the risk-benefit balance of the drug is unchanged.
  • The influenza vaccines Enzira (Pfizer), Fluvirin (Novartis) and Viroflu (Janssen-Cilag) are now available for the current flu season.
  • Travel vaccination advice for some countries, including rabies recommendations for Greece and Spain, has been updated.
  • Stelara (ustekinumab) is now licensed for the treatment of active psoriatic arthritis in adults unresponsive to DMARDs.
  • Ilaris (canakinumab) has been approved for use in patients with active systemic juvenile idiopathic arthritis aged 2 years and older.
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