News in brief - November 2014

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

Glycopyrronium bromide is an anticholinergic that diminishes the volume and free acidity of gastric secretions.
  • Glycopyrronium bromide 1mg and 2mg tablets are now available as an add-on treatment for peptic ulcers.
  • GranuPAS (para-aminosalicylic acid) has been launched for use in combination with other drugs to treat multidrug-resistant TB where other agents cannot be used owing to resistance or intolerance.
  • A new controlled-release misoprostol vaginal delivery system (Mysodelle) has been launched for the induction of labour from 36 weeks' gestation in women with an unfavourable cervix.
  • Dexamethasone 4mg/ml injection has been replaced by dexamethasone 3.8mg/ml solution for injection; as a result, the dilutions, storage conditions, presentation and packaging have changed.
  • Novartis has announced the discontinuation of Tegretol Chewtabs (carbamazepine). Selection of an alternative medication should be a clinical decision based on the individual patient's history.

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